Not A Nuturing Parent!

Cowbirds are not what we would call nurturing parents. They don't bother with making a nest or caring for their young. They lay their eggs, often two to three dozen a summer, in the nests of other birds and just abandon them to be cared for by the unwitting foster parents. Actually, cowbirds are forgoing typical bird behavior to put their energy into producing eggs to increase their numbers.

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tynertech says ... on Wednesday, Jun 29 at 8:18 PM

Actually with the way a cowbird makes it living this makes sense. The birds originally followed herds of buffalo and other grazing animals feeding on the insect the herds kicked up. The couldn't afford the time to stop and raise a nest of young.

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Kaplan says ... on Wednesday, Jun 29 at 7:56 PM

Hi Geode you little Chickadee ;) I saw a juvenile cowbird today. I tossed some seeds out, I'm sure he probably had some once I went inside.

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