Brown Headed Cowbird

 
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this cowbird is a parasite bird, the female finds the nests of finches, warblers & vireos and removes one egg from the other bird's nest. Then she lays one of her eggs in that nest for the other parent birds to incubate and raise. She does this in several nests each spring. The cowbird baby birds then crowds out and starves out the baby birds belonging to the foster parents, who have to work hard to feed this much larger baby bird.

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sparkle1103 - May 31, 2009 10:35 PM EDT
Alandra what a great cowbird. I just posted one myself on here. Take a look.
Guest - May 06, 2006 06:55 AM EDT
Wow, great shot Alandra. Kind of has a mean arrogant look to it too! I never knew that about this bird. Strange though, you'd think it would just sit on its own eggs and be a parent like the rest of us though!
Guest - May 05, 2006 10:13 PM EDT
thanks Talsi : ) thought they were quite pretty before realizing what they do to the songbirds : )
Guest - May 05, 2006 10:08 PM EDT
I really love the coloring on this fella. What a nifty thing to do. Steal a nest. Well it is a little mean to those little birds though. Great shot never the less.
Guest - May 05, 2006 09:50 PM EDT
Geez, you make even a cowbird look good.
Guest - May 05, 2006 04:18 PM EDT
thanks very much, Dud, Carol and Mary in Kent. Hoped it might be interesting, as I didn't realize this either. I feel like chasing them away now : )
Guest - May 05, 2006 01:04 PM EDT
You capture so many beautiful birds and no two pictures alike- great to see Alandra.
Guest - May 05, 2006 11:19 AM EDT
I agree with Dud, great photo and very interesting. Carol
Guest - May 05, 2006 10:47 AM EDT
Great shot and explanation!!

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