Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Part of an ongoing personal project where I'm working my way through illustrating the birds my wife and I have seen together. This one is the brown-headed cowbird. This bird is a brood parasite: it lays its eggs in the nests of other small birds. They are known to check in on the host nest and if they other bird rejects the cowbird egg they destroy the hosts nests and eggs forcing the bird to build a new one in which the cowbird will lay a new egg. Finished piece can be viewed here. http://www.horsepuppy.com/2013/04/brown-headed-cowbird.html

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