- any of several New World blackbirds of the genus Molothrus, especially M. ater, of North America, that accompany herds of cattle.
Origin of cowbird
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The cowbird's tactics are probably to watch the movements of the parent bird.
Every cowbird is reared at the expense of two or more song-birds.
One of these is called the Argentine cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis).Our Bird Comrades</p>
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Despite this fact the Cowbird's eggs are often first to hatch.
It is little wonder that discerning people are not fond of the Cowbird.
- any of various American orioles of the genera Molothrus, Tangavius, etc, esp M. ater (common or brown-headed cowbird). They have a dark plumage and short bill
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