Merlin

Shiny Cowbird Identification

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Adult Description

  • Medium-sized songbird.
  • Medium-long tail.
  • Bill pointed.
  • Male entirely shiny black.
  • Female dull gray-brown.

Male Description

Entirely glossy blue-black or purplish black. Wings and tail glossy greenish blue.

Female Description

Dull grayish brown above, paler below. Bill blackish gray. Eyes dark. Legs blackish.

Immature Description

Similar to female, but with faint streaks on chest.
Relative Size

Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
Measurements
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 7.1 in (18 cm)
    • Weight: 1.1-1.4 oz (31-40 g)