Photography of Birds – Set # 128

Set # 128


Brown-headed Cowbird


Brown-headed Cowbirds

Brown-headed Cowbirds


Before European settlement, the brown-headed cowbird followed bison herds across the prairies. Its population expanded with the clearing of forested areas and the introduction of new grazing animals by settlers across North America. Brown-headed cowbirds are now commonly seen at suburban birdfeeders.

European Starlings (Juv.)


European Starlings (Juv.)

European Starlings (Juv.)


The species has declined in numbers in parts of northern and western Europe since the 1980s due to fewer grassland invertebrates being available as food for growing chicks. Despite this, its huge global population is not thought to be declining significantly, so the common starling is classified as being of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

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