Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

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 and 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.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Boisé des Douze

    Monday, April 22, 2019

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 220


Molothrus ater