Thursday, 21 February 2013

Bird #16: Shiny Cowbird

Common Name: Shiny Cowbird

Scientific Name: Molothrus bonariensis

Description: 7.5-8”; tail long; wings rounded; Adult Male: plumage black with an iridescent blueish-purple gloss. Female: plumage brownish-grey; faint supercilium or mark over eye. Juvenile: like female; yellowish wash on breast.
Shiny Cowbirds are brood parasites, the Carib Grackles is its main host locally.

Habitat: pastures, low grassy area, agricultural areas..

Statue: Very common, island wide