Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae (Oropendolas, Orioles and Blackbirds)  
Genus: Molothrus (3 species, 6 worldwide)

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Bronze-brown Cowbird (Molothrus armenti) Vulnerable ENDEMIC

Split from the similar Rusty Cowbird of central America.

Shiny Cowbird
Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis bonariensis) Male

Shiny Cowbird
Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis bonariensis) Female
Agua Dulces, Rocha, Uruguay  

A large Shiny Cowbird baby begging a its surrogate parent, a tiny and probably exhausted Rufous-collared Sparrow, for food. Many species of Cuckoos lay eggs in the nests of other species.

Giant Cowbird
Giant Cowbird (Molothrus oryzivorus oryzivorus)
ProAves Tangaras Reserve, El Carmen de Atrato, Choco, Colombia
  Giant Cowbirds lay eggs in oropendola nests and grow up with oropendola parents.

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