Photography of Birds – Set # 80

Set # 80


Brown-headed Cowbird  (F)


Brown-headed Cowbird (F)

Brown-headed Cowbird (F)


Brown-headed Cowbird (M)


Brown-headed Cowbird (M)

Brown-headed Cowbird (M)


The brown-headed cowbird is an obligate brood parasite: it lays its eggs in the nests of other small passerines (perching birds), particularly those that build cup-like nests. The brown-headed cowbird eggs have been documented in nests of at least 220 host species, including hummingbirds and raptors. The young cowbird is fed by the host parents at the expense of their own young. Brown-headed cowbird females can lay 36 eggs in a season. More than 140 different species of birds are known to have raised young cowbirds.

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

12 thoughts on “Photography of Birds – Set # 80

  1. I empathize with cowbirds. It’s always fascinating to me how they manage to grow up knowing they’re cowbirds after being raised by host parents. Great photo of the male – they are pretty birds too.

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