brownheaded cowbird (Molothrus ater)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 6.5 inches
Short, conical bill
Frequents open habitats
When feeding on ground often cocks its tail
Often found in large flocks in migration and winter
Black body, wings and tail
Grayish-brown plumage-darker on upperparts
Underparts faintly streaked
Juvenile browner and streakier than adult female with pale edging on wings
The brown-headed cowbird is smaller and shorter-tailed than blackbirds
and grackles and has a more conical bill. Bronzed cowbird is similar to
female brown-headed cowbird but has red eyes and is slightly larger
with a longer bill.
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: N/A
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: Varies
Length of Incubation: 10-13 days
Days to Fledge: 10-11
Number of Broods: ?
Diet: Mostly seeds; lesser quantities of insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November C
Winter: December, January, February R
Crooked Run Valley