cowbird

noun
cow·​bird | \ ˈkau̇-ˌbərd How to pronounce cowbird (audio) \

Definition of cowbird

: any of a genus (Molothrus of the family Icteridae) of New World blackbirds that lay their eggs in the nests of other birds especially : brown-headed cowbird

Examples of cowbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And that new nest will likely include a cowbird egg. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 Researchers studying yellow warbler responses to the parasitic cowbird realized that red-winged blackbirds were eavesdropping and reacting too. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, 13 Apr. 2020 Federal and state officials, for example, have broken the necks of thousands of cowbirds to save the warbler, a songbird once on the brink of extinction. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2019 According to Audubon, their open nests are easy to find with cowbirds often laying eggs in them. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2019 Federal and state officials, for example, have broken the necks of thousands of cowbirds to save the warbler, a songbird once on the brink of extinction. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2019 Federal and state officials, for example, have broken the necks of thousands of cowbirds to save the warbler, a songbird once on the brink of extinction. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2019 The one-two punch of fire suppression and cowbird parasitism drove Kirtland's numbers down. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 11 Oct. 2019 Federal and state officials, for example, have broken the necks of thousands of cowbirds to save the warbler, a songbird once on the brink of extinction. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of cowbird

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Cowbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cowbird. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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cowbird

noun
cow·​bird | \ ˈkau̇-ˌbərd How to pronounce cowbird (audio) \

Kids Definition of cowbird

: a small North American blackbird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds

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