cowbird

[ kou-burd ]
/ ˈkaʊˌbɜrd /

noun

any of several New World blackbirds of the genus Molothrus, especially M. ater, of North America, that accompany herds of cattle.

Origin of cowbird

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805; cow1 + bird
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cowbird

/ (ˈkaʊˌbɜːd) /

noun

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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