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Shiny Cowbird

Molothrus bonariensis


The male shiny cowbird is all black with an iridescent purple-blue gloss. The smaller female is dark brown in plumage, paler on the underparts. She can be distinguished from the female brown-headed cowbird by her longer, finer bill, pale supercilium and stronger face pattern.


At the Beach of the Caribbean Sea, near Chuspa, Miranda, Venezuela.


I had been hearing birds in this tree behind the house but could not spot them from afar. So I just started to take some pictures in the general direction as the noise came from and this is what I saw later! LOVE the way he is telling me to "butt out" :-) A brood parasite, the species lays its eggs in the nests of many species of passerines throughout its range, and provides no parental care for eggs or young.

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Parroquia Caruao, Vargas, Venezuela

Lat: 10.62, Long: -66.32

Spotted on Jan 22, 2017
Submitted on Feb 6, 2017

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