Friday, June 19, 2020

Brown-headed Cowbird

On 16 June 2020 at the Nisqually national wildlife refuge, this Brown-headed Cowbird appeared to be auditioning for Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks. These cowbirds usually walk rather than hop and are known to run after insects (Lowther 2020). You may recall that cowbirds lay their eggs in other birds’ nests. Ornithologists have listed at least 220 host species (although not all of these raised the young cowbirds to fledging).

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