Brown-headed Cowbird

(Molothrus ater)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Brown-headed Cowbird

NatureServe

N5B - Secure

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common to abundant

Habitat

Woodland edges, fields, prairies, meadows.

Size

7½ to 8¾ in length


Identification

 

 
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Food

 

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

 


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Phenology

March 17, 2012 – First sighting in spring

July 26, 2012 – Flock no longer visiting backyard feeders. They have been gone for about a week.


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Icteridae (blackbirds, orioles, and relatives)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Molothrus ater

 
     

 

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  Brown-headed Cowbirds (Icteridae: Molothrus ater) Juveniles
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Published on Aug 6, 2012

Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (06 August 2012).

 
     
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Uploaded on May 1, 2011

The Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) is a small brood parasitic icterid of temperate to subtropical North America. They are permanent residents in the southern parts of their range; northern birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico in winter, returning to their summer habitat about March/April.[1]

They resemble New World orioles in general shape but have a finch-like head and beak. Adults have a short finch-like bill and dark eyes. The adult male is mainly iridescent black with a brown head. The adult female is grey with a pale throat and fine streaking on the underparts. (wikipedia)

 
     
  Brown-headed Cowbird (Icteridae: Molothrus ater) Female
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Uploaded on Jun 25, 2009

Photographed near the Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (25 June 2009).

 
     
  Brown-headed Cowbird (Icteridae: Molothrus ater) Male
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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2009

Photographed near Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (24 June 2009).

 
     

 

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LoriMinnesota
4/27/2017

Location: Arlington, Minnesota (Sibley County)

I have never seen this bird before and had to come to this site to figure out what it was.  Today, I have a half a dozen of them pecking at seeds on the ground that fell under my bird feeder. 


     
     
 

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