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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.

Common Names

  • Brown-headed Cowbird (en)
  • Tordo cabecicafé (es)
  • Vacher à tête brune (fr)
  • Braunkopf-Kuhstärling (de)


  • Passeriformes
  • Icteridae
  • Molothrus ater

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.

How to Identify

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


Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Boisé Des Douze, St. Hyacinthe - 2019-04-22

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f5.6; Iso 220;

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