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Bronzed Cowbird

Molothrus aeneus

Male Bronzed Cowbirds look spectacular with their shiny black feathers refracting hints of indigo and ruby eyes burning like camp-fire embers. A mane of long neck feathers lends an appearance of power. Like other cowbirds, these birds lay their eggs in the nests of others, leaving its victims to raise their young. Cowbird babies out-compete their victim’s young and rarely to any but the cowbird babies survive. Bronzed Cowbirds are resident in most of Mexico, but can also be found year-round in the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana, the far south of Texas and to a certain extent, southeastern Arizona.

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