brown-headed cowbird

noun \ ˈbrau̇n-ˌhe-dəd- \
|Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of brown-headed cowbird

: a cowbird (Molothrus ater) widespread in the U.S. and southern Canada in which the male is black with a brown head and the female is gray
  • The most famous brood parasites, the European cuckoo and the brown-headed cowbird, lay their eggs in nests of other species.
  • —Charles R. Brown and Mary Bomberger Brown
  • Sadly, the vireo is vulnerable to a nest parasite, the brown-headed cowbird, that flourishes near livestock and in urban fringe areas.
  • —Karen D. Fishler

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1949

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