Brown-headed Cowbird

Date of our first picture:  May, 2011

Location of our first photograph:  Platte City, MO

Also known as:  (Molothrus ater)

Interesting fact(s):  Brown-headed cowbirds are brood parasites. They deposit their eggs in nests belonging to birds of other species. some of the birds they parasitize remove the eggs from their nests or cover them with new nest material so that they are not incubated.

The cowbird's eggs typically hatch earlier than their host's eggs which gives them a competitive advantage over the other hatchlings.

Additional Information:  http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/107/_/Brown-headed_Cowbird.aspx

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