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Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Aves > Passeriformes > Icteridae

Names in different Languages

EnglishBrown-headed Cowbird
FrenchVacher à tête brune
SpanishTordo cabecicafé


A small, brood parasitic bird, native to North America, migrating to the South of US and to Mexico in winter. The bird feeds on seeds and insects.

How to Identify

Females are completely brown, rounded head, dark eyes and strong, conical bill. Males have black body and brown head.

Where When to Spot

I saw this bird species twice. First time a male in Technoparc Montreal and the second time in Boisé des Douze, Saint Hyacinthe. Visually, an unspectacular bird, often overseen.



2019-04-22Boisé Des Douze