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[kou-burd] /ˈkaʊˌbɜrd/
any of several New World blackbirds of the genus Molothrus, especially M. ater, of North America, that accompany herds of cattle.
Origin of cowbird
1795-1805, Americanism; cow1 + bird Unabridged
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  • cowbird combines these extremes, creating a storytelling environment that is fast and efficient, but also deeply meaningful.
  • cowbird eggs typically hatch sooner, and cowbird chicks are generally larger than those of the host species.
  • The cowbird egg hatches a day before the others, getting a head start on growth.
  • Specific activities include cowbird trapping, installation of nest structures, and predator control.
  • cowbird population changes and their relationship to changes in some host species.
  • cowbird eggs in nests confirm both the cowbird and the host species.
  • Unfortunately, the jack pine habitat also provides a home for the brown headed cowbird, an undesirable nest parasite.
  • One of these, the brown-headed cowbird, is parasitic.
  • One of the bigger problems in our area is the cowbird which lays its eggs in other species nests for them to raise.
  • Tanagers are also susceptible to cowbird parasitism.
British Dictionary definitions for cowbird


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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