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Shiny Cowbird

Molothrus bonariensis ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: ICTERIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

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.

Calls

  • Song
     
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Song a bubbling purring, followed by an ascending series of short, high notes. Call a rolling chatter.

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