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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 


The Kickapoo Reserve Management Board acknowledges that the state and federal lands that comprise the Reserve fall within the ancestral homelands of First Nations people including the Hooçak Nation. We recognize the sovereignty of the Hooçak and other First Nations and will work towards a shared future by continuing to create collaborative opportunities to protect and preserve these lands.

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

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