Brown Bird needs to be identified

by Kathy Miller
(Ohio)


Today is the first time I have ever seen this bird at one of my feeders....Larger than a Sparrow, fuller body than a sparrow, black on the tip of the beak...Very plain looking bird Included a picture that is not to clear, but hopefully it helps to identify it...

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Jul 08, 2017
id on brown bird NEW
by: roma

i just looked up cowbirds on the ca fish and wildlife. they are an invasive species but they originally followed bison on the plains eating the insects their hooves scared up, now follow cows. since they are insect eaters, they wouldn,t be at your seed feeder. hope this helps.

May 07, 2017
brown bird needs to be identified
by: Brook

A direct link to the Brown-headed Cowbird:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brown-headed_Cowbird/id

May 07, 2017
Bird ID Maybe?
by: Anonymous

Do a search on the internet for "Photos of female Cowbird". See if that matches the bird you have. I think you may have a female Brown-headed Cowbird. Here is an address to the best bird photo site on the web I think. http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/brown-headed-cowbird Go there and type in Brown-headed Cowbird then scroll down. There are Pictures of males and also a couple of females. The males look nothing like the females so be sure you compare to the females only.
If that's what you have, these are not great birds. They do not set and hatch their own eggs. They find other nests like bluebirds etc. and they kick some of the bluebird eggs out and lay their own and the Bluebirds hatch the Cowbird eggs and raise the young. The babies grow at double the rate of the others and starve the Bluebird babies and the only birds that make it to fledging are the cowbirds. NOT GOOD BIRDS!

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