The Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) is a small obligate brood parasitic icterid native to temperate and subtropical North America. They are permanent residents in the southern parts of their range; northern birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico in winter, returning to their summer habitat around March or April.
The Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European starling in the United States or simply the starling in the British Isles, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the starling family, Sturnidae. It is about 20 cm (8 in) long and has glossy black plumage with a metallic sheen, which is speckled with white at some times of year. The legs are pink and the bill is black in winter and yellow in summer; young birds have browner plumage than the adults. It is a noisy bird, especially in communal roosts and other gregarious situations, with an unmusical but varied song. Its gift for mimicry has been noted in literature including the Mabinogion and the works of Pliny the Elder and William Shakespeare.
That is the prettiest capture of a Brown-headed Cowbird I’ve ever seen, HJ! ❤
Thank you, Donna. I’m glad that you liked it. 🙂
So beautifully done, H.J!
Thank you very much, D. 🙂
Thank you, Jane. 🙂
Cool picture of the Brown-headed Cowbird, HJ.
Thank you, Tom. 🙂
How did it get the name Cowbird HJ, is there any significance, like the Cattle Egret spends its life on and near cattle ?
It’s something similar to that, these birds love to raid agricultural fields and Farms, are usually seen digging for invertebrates among the cattle. Generally, there’s life in the cattle excrement since they only eat grasses and herbs. Thank you, Ashley. 🙂 🐂
I just love the Starlings. Wonderful photo.
Thank you very much, Sandra. 🙂