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Brown-headed Cowbird

Length: 7-8.25 inches Song: glug-glug-glee.
Wingspan: 11.75 -13.75 inches Behavior: Solitary, in pairs, or small groups during breeding.
Weight: 1.7 ounces Breeding: Promiscuous
Habitat: grassland, open forest, forest edge Population: Common in woodwinds, forest edge, agricultural areas, and around human habitats.
Migration: Northern birds migrate Feeders: Attends for small seeds and grains.
Appearance: Brown head, black overall with faint green, short conical bill.
Interesting Facts: There is 1 egg per nest, their egg colors are light blue, often with brown flecks, their nests are brood parasite. It travels in flocks with blackbirds. Their flocks can number in millions. It lays in nests of other birds. It eats insects, caterpillars, spiders, and various grains, seeds, and fruits.

Compiled by Nickolas, Middletown Elementary School, Louisville, KY
Information from Birds of North America by Fred J Alsop III, DK Publishing, Inc., 2001

Photos used with permission from National Fish and Wildlife Service, fws.gov.

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Last Updated: February 28, 2012

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