Shiny Cowbird

ID Info
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Shiny Cowbird

Molothrus bonariensis
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Icteridae
Basic Description

A common bird throughout much of South America, the Shiny Cowbird only recently spread through the Caribbean and into the United States. A nest parasite like other cowbirds, its spread has imperiled a number of endangered bird species in the Caribbean and raised conservation concerns in the United States.

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Other Names
  • Tordo Renegrido (Spanish)
  • Vacher luisant (French)
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