Shiny Cowbird Photos and Videos
Chunky with a conical bill. Males are glossy black overall.
Medium-sized bird with a conical, sharply pointed bill. Females are tan overall with a faint paler eyebrow.
Note the fairly long, thick-based bill that comes to a sharp point, characteristic of cowbirds.
Juveniles are dull brown with a streaky belly.
Chunky bird with a conical bill. Females are tan overall and have little to no streaking on the belly.
Song is a bubbling purring, followed by an ascending series of short, high notes.
Often feeds in mixed flocks of other blackbirds on the ground or in trees and shrubs.
- Medium-sized songbird.
- Medium-long tail.
- Bill pointed.
- Male entirely shiny black.
- Female dull gray-brown.
Male DescriptionEntirely glossy blue-black or purplish black. Wings and tail glossy greenish blue.
Female DescriptionDull grayish brown above, paler below. Bill blackish gray. Eyes dark. Legs blackish.
Immature DescriptionSimilar to female, but with faint streaks on chest.
- Both Sexes
- Length: 7.1 in (18 cm)
- Weight: 1.1-1.4 oz (31-40 g)
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