cowbird cowbird

Definition(s):

  • (n) North American blackbird that follows cattle and lays eggs in other birds' nests

Usage(s):

  • The cowbird was not always parasitic but learned from experience that foisting its young off on other birds was a very successful way to perpetuate the species without the .

News

  • In a Bird’s Nest, an Animal Behavior Puzzle

    When scientists looked closely at the war between chalk-browed mockingbirds and shiny cowbirds, they found something unexpected.
    on December 10, 2013     Source: New York Times

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