Bronzed Cowbird

Molothrus aeneus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Code 4

BROC

Code 6

MOLAEN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Bronzed Cowbird has a large range, estimated globally at 2,400,000 square kilometers. It occurs in a wide variety of edge habitats from Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, and New Mexico south through Mexico to southern Central America. The estimated global population is 5,400,000 individuals, large enough to not warrant inclusion on the IUCN Red List. It has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Bronzed Cowbird: Small blackbird (aeneus), brown-black overall with blue sheen on wings and tail. Eyes are red and bill is dark and heavy. Feeds on insects, seeds and grains. Often follows cattle to eat insects that are kicked up. Swift direct and swooping flight with rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Bronzed Cowbird: Breeds from southern California across the southwest to Louisiana and south through much of Mexico and into Panama. Northern birds migrate to the south of their range for the winter and sometimes migrate east along the Gulf Coast to Florida. Found in fields, forests, lawns, and agricultural areas.

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Bronzed Cowbird SONGS AND CALLS

Bronzed Cowbird ZZ1

Chick begging calls.

Bronzed Cowbird ZZ2

Female rattle call.

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Voice Text

"glug-glug-glee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Bronzed Cowbird performs spectacular three-part courtship displays incorporating both of their major categories of song. Courtship begins with a hover or aerial bow display, followed by a terrestrial singing display, and then by a circling flight display.
  • The maximum number of Bronzed Cowbird eggs found in one nest was 14.
  • A group of cowbirds are collectively known as a "corral" and a "herd" of cowbirds.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Samira Belous

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