Female, March 18, 2008
Male, March 30, 2008
Copyright (c) 2008 Pete Williams
Identification: National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Page 440. The brown head of the male contrasts with the metallic green-black body. The female is gray-brown above, paler below. The juvenile is paler above and more heavily streaked below. The pale edgings give its back a scaled look. Young males molting to adult plumage in late summer are a patchwork of buff, brown and black. Its preferred habitat is woodlands, farmlands, and suburbs. It feeds with tail cocked upward. All cowbirds lay their eggs in nests of other species.