Bronzed Cowbird Identification

Adult Description

  • Medium-sized songbird.
  • Medium-long tail.
  • Bill stout and pointed.
  • Male shiny black with red eyes.
  • Female dull gray-brown.

Male Description

Blackish overall. Bronzy iridescence on back and rump. Can erect ruff of feathers on neck. Bill black. Eyes red in breeding season, brownish orange in nonbreeding season. Legs black.

Female Description

Overall dull black or grayish brown. Lacks ruff. Eyes brownish orange.

Immature Description

Similar to female, with indistinct dark streaks on breast and belly.
Relative Size

Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
Measurements
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 7.9 in (20 cm)
    • Weight: 1.9-2.5 oz (55-70 g)
    • Wingspan: 13.0 in (33 cm)