Brown-headed Cowbird

The Brown-headed Cowbird is a fascinating bird species that has some unique features and characteristics. In this blog post, we will delve into the basic description of the Brown-headed Cowbird, where you can find them, their habitat, food sources they feed on and cool facts about this amazing bird species.

Basic Description

The Brown-headed Cowbird belongs to the family of blackbirds (Icteridae) and its scientific name is Molothrus ater . As the name suggests, it has a brown head with shiny blue-black feathers which blends into its black body. The male cowbirds have an interesting courtship behavior where they puff out their necks while making short flapping flights.

Where To Find This Bird

The Brown-headed Cowbirds are native to North America and can be found throughout most parts of Canada, United States up to Mexico. These birds typically migrate during winter from northern regions in search of warmer climates in southern regions.


The habitats preferred by these birds include open woodlands, fields or pastures near water bodies like streams or rivers as well as suburban areas. They tend to avoid dense forests but rather prefer open areas with trees for nesting sites.


Brown-headed Cowbirds primarily feed on insects such as beetles, grasshoppers and caterpillars along with small fruits like cherries or berries. However, unlike other songbirds that raise their young ones themselves by hunting insects for them; cowbirds lay their eggs in nests built by other birds meaning they do not take care of their young ones directly hence considered parasitic birds.

Cool Facts

One fascinating fact about these birds is that they don’t build nests themselves but instead rely on other bird species such as robins or warblers to build nests then laying eggs there which later hatch and are raised by the host species. Another interesting fact is that cowbirds typically lay their eggs in multiple nests and they can even remove existing host bird’s eggs to make more room for their own offspring. In addition, male cowbirds have a unique courtship behavior where they mimic other bird species calls to attract females.

In conclusion, Brown-headed Cowbirds are fascinating birds with several unique characteristics such as parasitic breeding habits and the ability to mimic calls of other bird species during courtship. They play an important role in our environment and it’s essential we protect their habitats for future generations to enjoy observing these beautiful creatures in the wild.