Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird
Classification(s) : Prey
Cat Name : Blackbird
Common Name : Brown-headed Cowbird
Scientific Name : Molothrus ater
Other Name(s) :
Physical Description :

Cowbirds are relatively small for blackbirds. They have a short tail and a thick head. The bill is shorter and thicker than most blackbirds. Males have satiny coal black feathers from the base of the neck to the tail-tip, and its head, upper neck, and chest are a chocolate brown that appears black from a distance. Females, however, are a solid chocolate brown, with lighter shades on the head and stomach, which also has fine streaking. Also the female has a dark eye.

Physical Statistics :

Length – 6.3–8.7 in (16–22 cm)
Wingspan – 12.6-15 in (32-38 cm)
Weight – 1.3–1.8 oz (38–50 g)

Behavior :

Cowbirds forage on the ground for seeds and grains with a wide variety of other birds, such as other blackbirds, grackles, and starlings. Males also spend their time putting on a show for females. When not feeding, they are in low branches.

Social Organization :

Cowbirds prefer to travel and nest alone, except when feeding, finding a mate, or resting on the ground, and they also fly south for winter in large groups.

Approval Level : None; Brown-headed cowbirds are found in grasslands, woodland edges, thickets, and fields, but they generally avoid forests.
Kill Difficulty : Low;

Cowbirds are small and almost defenseless.

Training Level : Specialty - Group Flying;

They tend to fly solo, but prefer to feed and rest in large groups.

Hunting Tactic : Birds
Food Quality : High; Brown-headed cowbirds are average sized, highly nutritional, and delicious.