Male Brown-headed Cowbird Attacks and Kills a Nestling

The Wilson Bulletin


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I observed a male Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) attack and kill a nestling of an unidentified passerine in a grassland field in Day County, South Dakota, in June 2000. The killing or removal of nestlings by female cowbirds has been reported by others, but this behavior has not been documented previously in male cowbirds.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Male Brown-headed Cowbird Attacks and Kills a Nestling
Series title The Wilson Bulletin
Volume 115
Issue 2
Year Published 2003
Language English
Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description 3 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Wilson Bulletin
First page 210
Last page 212
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