Bird with Tusks (wanna share my meal?)

 
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This is a Cowbird, new to our garden, smallest N American Blackbird. Thought this was a comical shot.
Apparently these are the only parasitic birds in Canada, - the female cowbirds find a suitable nest of another bird, remove one of the host bird's eggs, lay one egg at a time in other birds' nests, (usually finch, warbler or vireo nests) and when the cowbird egg hatches, the baby cowbird crowds out the baby finches, and the parent finches are left to feed this much larger cowbird baby. I feel like chasing these guys away : )

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Guest - May 29, 2006 10:46 PM EDT
Carol, if you get back here, you are right. Cowbirds are black with brown heads. This shot is priceless, Alandra - whatever is in its mouth does indeed look like a fang! And a personal thanks for identifying it correctly. Florida-raised Mike has Cowbirds and Cattle Egret confused - ironically, the cattle egret is ALSO a parasite and will damage other eggs ina heronry to take over the nest.
Guest - May 05, 2006 08:05 PM EDT
Hi Jan, good to see you here, and am glad you are enjoying it! Hope you get to see the hummingbirds. Yes, I do remember the Cuckoo's call and was thinking about them having that same nasty habit. Thank goodness not many birds do that.
Guest - May 05, 2006 07:48 PM EDT
Much the same nasty habit as the English Cuckoo(Do you remember its call). Having some much needed time out exploring your Gallery, thanks for all your lovely pics.So relaxing.
Guest - May 05, 2006 04:20 PM EDT
thanks again, Dud, Carol and Mary in Kent. Glad you like it, it made me smile. Carol, they are the smallest N.American Blackbird, but also called cowbirds, I just read about them in the bird book, hadn't seen them here before.
Guest - May 05, 2006 01:05 PM EDT
So wonderfully close Alandra- and something in its mouth- brilliant!
Guest - May 05, 2006 11:22 AM EDT
I think we have those birds here, I been calling them black birds, the ones we have do have a brown on their heads. Carol
Guest - May 05, 2006 10:48 AM EDT
This is another great shot!!

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