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Brown-headed cowbird

Molothrus ater


The males have black bodies with brown heads, while the females are an overall drabber light brown in color. I find them quite attractive though many birders do not like the species because the females lay their eggs in the nests of other - and often smaller - birds. The cowbird eggs hatch first and the baby receives more nutrition from the foster parents than their own babies, who may not survive.


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Maria dB
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Maria dB

North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.91, Long: -79.06

Spotted on Feb 27, 2015
Submitted on Mar 21, 2015

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