Was it a cuckoo?

by Susanne Fahnemann
(Wilmington, NC, USA)

It's Susanne again; today the other birds are leaving the nest, four of them. And they do indeed look completely different from the one that left the nest a week ago. Is it possible that there are cuckoos in North America?

The first picture shows one of the little ones that came out today, the second one shows the cuckoo-like bird that came out a week ago. The "baby" was bigger than either one of the parents.

Does somebody know?


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Jun 15, 2013
It's a cowbird NEW
by: Susanne

And yes, it does act like a cuckoo, lying their eggs in other people's nests and letting them do the work with the raising :-) But it is a cowbird, I have found out now, and they do the same but are more social and at least don't throw out their prospective siblings. I felt very sorry for the poor parents having to fly back and forth 100 times an hour to feed this super baby, but they did. And I don't think the other four together made them work so hard.

Anyway, it was very nice to watch this family grow up on our porch. And thank you all for your comments,


Jun 14, 2013
picture NEW
by: Anonymous

Here's a link to a pic of a young cuckoo being fed by a "parent" bird. It does look like your youngster.


I hope it works.
The only thing is that the cuckoo is said to lay its eggs in another bird's nest and the chick pushes out the other eggs before hatching, but it looks as if you maybe have a cuckoo with a social conscience !! :))

Jun 14, 2013
bird ID NEW
by: AuntGiki

The adult looks like a house wren. And the little baby looks like a baby wren. The big baby may be a cowbird. They lay their eggs in other bird's nests.
Last year I had a giant baby cowbird being raised by a tiny one-legged song sparrow.

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