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    Shiny Cowbird

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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 Sudamericano (Spanish)
    • Vacher luisant (French)
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