Brown-headed Cowbird

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Jan 8, 2007
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Clemson, SC
New arrival to the backyard this spring. A house finch got stuck with a baby cowbird in our yard last year. We saw the big cowbird baby following the little finch around many times. Interestingly, that is supposedly an unsuccessful pairing for the cowbird due to the finch's diet. Not sure if the young cowbird in our yard last year survived.

1. Male
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2. Female
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3. Male
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400mm, ISO200, f4, 1/1000 on the male, 1/800 on the female.

Thanks for looking!
 
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Annapolis
Very nice! I have seen these a few years back near my feeders and was really curious what they were. I was amazed to find out they are brood parasites. It must work for them.
 
Joined
Sep 16, 2005
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Location
Auburn, Washington USA
We get flocks of those each year. Kind of a nasty bird.

I find it interesting that the method of incubation and rearing is not learned by the young since the parents have long departed when they are hatched, and I doubt the surrogate parents instruct them. Must be in the genes (a guess on my part).

Brood parasites, technical, but sounds nasty...
 

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