Photography of Birds – Set # 55

Set # 55


Brown-headed Cowbird



Brown-headed cowbirds do not raise their own young, instead laying their eggs in the nests of other bird species. As a result, young cowbirds are not exposed to species-typical visual and auditory information like other birds. Despite this, cowbirds are able to develop species-typical singing, social, and breeding behaviors. A 2017 study demonstrated that cowbird brains are wired to respond to the vocalizations of other cowbirds, allowing young to find and join flocks of their own species.

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

11 thoughts on “Photography of Birds – Set # 55

  1. I knew about this bird’s “bad”habit of putting its eggs in other birds’ nests, but that’s fascinating about how the young ones learn to find their kind.

    • It really is fascinating, birds have been on Earth way ahead of humans by eons. We have so much to learn from them. Thanks, Linda. 🙂

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