Definition of cowbird in English:

cowbird

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Pronunciation: /ˈkaʊbəːd
 
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noun

  • A New World songbird with dark plumage and a relatively short bill, typically laying its eggs in other birds' nests.
    • Genus Molothrus (and Scaphidura), family Icteridae: several species, in particular the widespread brown-headed (or common) cowbird (M. ater)
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    • Instead of our winter visitors that left us for more northern areas, we now have grackles, red-wings and cowbirds.
    • This fracturing allows birds of the forest edge, such as cowbirds and blue jays, to parasitize and prey upon the thrushes.
    • Cuckoos and cowbirds lay eggs in nests of different species to avoid the costs of brood care.

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