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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. Bronzed Cowbirds are resident in most of Mexico, but are also found year-round in the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana, the far south of Texas and to a certain extent, southeastern Arizona.

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 do any but the cowbird babies survive.

Until my visit to Texas in the spring of 2020, I’d not met any Bronzed Cowbirds, but once I settled in at Brownsville, I seemed to find them at many of the locations I visited in the region.

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