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
- Birds of Barbados by P.A Buckley, Edward Massiah, Maurice B. Hutt, Francine G. Buckle
- Princeton Field Guides- Birds of the West Indies by H. Raffaele, J. Wiley, O. Garrido, A.Keith, J. Raffael
- The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley
Juvenile Shiny Cowbird Male Molting Male with Females Females