Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensis
7-8" (18-20 cm). Male purplish black glossed with blue above, shining purplish black below. Female grayish brown, paler below. Bill large, conical, and black. Eyes dark.
Song a melodious warble. A variety of harsh metallic call notes.
Open country and farmlands.
A recent invader from West Indies. Has been recorded in a number of southeastern states.
During the 20th century, this species began to spread from South America through the West Indies, and now seems poised to add at least the southeastern states to its range. If it succeeds, it could pose an additional threat to our native songbirds, for cowbirds are brood parasites.
1-3 heavily spotted white eggs, laid in the nests of other species.