Molothrus ater (Boddaert, 1783)
Main Group: Animal
Sublevel 1: Vertebrate
Sublevel 2: Bird
Species: Molothrus ater
STATUS IN NEW ENGLAND
Invasive, Pest, or Pathogen?: Yes
Rarity Designations: None
Feeding Type: Heterotroph
Considered an agricultural pest. May also be a nuisance and create health concerns when large numbers of birds roost in areas frequented by people (Dolbeer and Linz, 2016).
Dolbeer, R.A. and Linz, G.M. 2016. Blackbirds. Wildlife Damage Management Technical Series. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services. August 2016. Available from: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/reports/Wildlife%20Damage%20Management%20Technical%20Series/FINAL_Blackbirds_WDM%20Technical%20Series_Aug2016.pdf.