The Brown-headed Cowbird is a stocky blackbird with a fascinating approach to raising its young. Females forgo building nests and instead put all their energy into producing eggs, sometimes more than three dozen a summer. These they lay in the nests of other birds, abandoning their young to foster parents, usually at the expense of at least some of the host’s own chicks. Once confined to the open grasslands of middle North America, cowbirds have surged in numbers and range as humans built towns and cleared woods.
Male Brown-headed Cowbirds have glossy black plumage and a rich brown head. They are noisy, making a multitude of clicks, whistles and chatter-like calls in addition to a flowing, gurgling song. Female Brown-headed Cowbirds are plain brown birds.
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, Canon Zoom Lens 50x IS, 4.3-215.0mm 1:3.4-6.5 USM.
Location: southeastern Connecticut (USA).
Season: winter, Feb. 10th.
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