Karl Overman: Birds and More


When Shiny Cowbirds first appeared in Florida there were dire warnings that they would explode in population and threaten the host species.  That has not happened.  It is still a rare bird in Florida.  The male shown below was at the Briggs Sanctuary just outside of Marco Island.  In the 1990s you could count on that rare species at the bird feeders there.  The building is still there but it is no longer a nature center.  The bird feeders are gone and so are the Shiny Cowbirds. 

The photo of four females was a surprised find by me in Everglades City.  There were 8 Shiny Cowbirds on a lawn, five females and three males.

Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis)

Modified March 10, 2022