Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Brown-headed Cowbird
Molothrus ater
Location: Ground, feeders
The Brown-headed Cowbird is the only brood parasite common across North America. A female cowbird makes no nest of her own, but instead lays her eggs in the nests of other bird species, who then raise the young cowbirds.
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Genus: Molothrus (cowbirds)
Family: ICTERIDAE (blackbirds, orioles, and relatives)
Order: Passeriformes (perching birds)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Phylum/Division: Chordata (Spinal chorded)
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)