Wings on Wednesday: Cowbird

A male Cowbird (Molothrus ater). I’m always conflicted about Cowbirds, because they are brood parasites and I’m never happy to see a large amount of them hanging about. Click for full size.



Images © C. Ford.


  1. Ice Swimmer says

    The colours like are grackle colours inverted. Here we have cuckoos which have a falcon-like plumage that the males use to distract the victims while the female lays an egg in the nest.

  2. says

    They are pretty birds,* but the whole parasite thing…I don’t like anything that messes with the local songbird population.

    I had to look up Cuckoos, they mimic Sparrowhawks very well. Then I got distracted by a link on the wiki page to Sumer Is Icumen In.
    *The males anyway. The females are a speckly matte brown.

  3. Hekuni Cat, Social Justice Ninja, MQG says

    I was distracted by your mention of “Sumer Is Icumen In.” I immediately thought of the Sumerian civilization. :D

Leave a Reply