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Brown-headed cowbird (male)
Molothrus ater

Size: 7.5 inches
Overall Color: black and brown
Occurrence: open areas and forest edge
Diet: seeds, insects
Nest: nest parasite
Field Identification: dark brown head, glossy metallic green-black body, black conical bill
Season: summer

Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Passeriformes
Family: 83 Icteridae (blackbirds,orioles,cowbirds,meadowlarks
Genus: Molothrus
Species: ater

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