Tanager and Cowbird

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Tanager and Cowbird

Discover the crafty, parasitic methods this bird uses to feed and raise its young. The Cowbird, usually seen on the backs of or at the feet of pasture cattle, lays her eggs in the nest of a smaller bird who dutifully raises it as her own.

These birds are subject to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and remain under the stewardship of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They can be borrowed for wildlife conservation, ecology, biology, scientific, or educational purposes. There may be limits on other, non-educational uses. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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