cow bird

cowbird

[kou-burd]
noun
any of several New World blackbirds of the genus Molothrus, especially M. ater, of North America, that accompany herds of cattle.

Origin:
1795–1805, Americanism; cow1 + bird

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cowbird (ˈkaʊˌbɜːd)
 
n
any of various American orioles of the genera Molothrus, Tangavius, etc, esp M. ater (common or brown-headed cowbird). They have a dark plumage and short bill

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