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Brown Headed Cowbird

Brown-Headed Cowbird

 

The Brown-Headed Cowbird has a wide range along the North American continent.  It can be found in thickets, pastures, woodland edges and residential areas.

 

The female does not build her own nest. Instead, she waits until another bird temporarily leaves its nest of eggs, then she places her eggs in the nest with the other eggs.

 

 

 

Nesting Habits

 

Nesting Habits of the Brown-Headed Cowbird

 

The female does not build her own nest. Instead, she waits until another bird temporarily leaves its nest of eggs, then she places her eggs in the nest with the other eggs.

Wild Bird Library - Brown Headed Cowbird nesting

 

When the other bird returns to its nest, it will sit on all of the eggs, unaware that some do not belong there!

 

Not only will the other bird incubate the eggs, it will also raise the young as its own until they are ready to leave the nest!

 

 

 

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