Molothrus ater (Boddaert, 1783)

Brown-headed Cowbird

CLASSIFICATION

Main Group: Animal

Sublevel 1: Vertebrate

Sublevel 2: Bird

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Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Icteridae

Genus: Molothrus

Species: Molothrus ater

STATUS IN NEW ENGLAND

Origin: Recent

Invasive, Pest, or Pathogen?: Yes

Listing:
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Rarity Designations: None

BIOLOGY/ECOLOGY

Feeding Type: Heterotroph

HABITAT

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NOTES

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).

REFERENCES

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.

PHOTOS OF Molothrus ater

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