Birds of Colombia

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

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Bronze-brown Cowbird (Molothrus armenti) Vulnerable ENDEMIC

Split from the similar [Bronzed Cowbird] of Central America, and only found in coastal mangrove habitat in north Colombia. Note red eyes, and black color like [Bronzed Cowbird] but with bluish wings and tail.

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 are large blackbirds that lay eggs in oropendola nests and grow up with oropendola parents. A widespread but often difficult to find species.

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