Brown-headed Cowbird

Blackbirds, Orioles, and Meadowlarks

Brown-headed Cowbird

Molothrus ater

All Year

Blackbirds, Orioles, and Meadowlarks

Brown-headed Cowbird

Daniel Fitzgerald

Brown-headed Cowbird

The brown head of the adult male on this rather small blackbird is distinctive.  The adult female is grayish-brown with a light-colored throat.  Juveniles are buffy gray with a “scaly” back and soft breast streaking.

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