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Brown-headed Cowbird -
(Molothrus ater)



  • Medium-sized blackbird
  • Male shiny black with brown head
  • Female dull grey
  • Small conical bill
  • 7.5" (19 cm.)


  • Open areas
  • Forest edges

Additional Information

  • Common migrant and summer resident
  • Does not build a nest or raise young
  • Female lays eggs in other species' nests
  • Male's song a squeaky gurgle
  • Abundant summer bird on the Reserve

Male Brown-headed Cowbird on a branch

Female Cowbird looking for a nest 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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