|Cat Name :||Blackbird|
|Common Name :||Brown-headed Cowbird|
|Scientific Name :||Molothrus ater|
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|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)
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.|