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Birds of KY: Cowbird or Catbird? Vote is now Cowbird 4, Catbird 1

Comments re photo 54443 Birds of Kentucky: Identify this bird

Several suggestions for the ID of the most recent Mystery-to-us Bird have arrived at Birds of Kentucky/CM World HQ Bird Editor's Desk. The preponderance now is for Cowbird.

The latest update, is from John Halsey: Female Brown-Headed Cowbird. See Jon Halsey: The mystery bird is a cowbird Posted Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Four bird enthusiasts agree it is a cowbird. One suggests it's a catbird.


Ol Coddger says he's checked Merlin Bird ID and it appears to be a female Brown-Headed Cowbird, while Lori Bragg says, "It looks like a female Catbird."

Wendy Burt, (aka Wendy Bird) says its a Cowbird. And she's backed up by a Russell County bird expert, DC - Dumetella Carolinensis, who writes, "Definitely a cowbird. The bill is too blunt, too heavy, and too short for a catbird."

Cowbird or Catbird? We checked our "Second Highest Bird Authorities in America" at All-about birds/Brown Headed Cowbird and All-About Birds Gray Catbird and can't decide.

Thanks Coddge and Lori, I'll try to listen for the songs and watch for the bird to show up again. If its a cowbird, it's has a dark side: It's a brood parasite bird. And if it's a catbird, Granny used to tell us they were mean birds, but I always liked them. Maybe a third opinion is needed. - EW


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Birds of Kentucky: Female Cowbird? Young Catbird?



2014-04-18 - East Fortune Street, Columbia, KY - Photo CM staff photo. This little gray bird behaved in a most exemplary manner while foraging among the violets. If anyone can identify it, it would be greatly appreciated. - CM
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