A giant juvenile Shiny Cowbird and his surrogate Rufous-collared Sparrow parent. It was hilarious to watch the big baby screaming at the parent for food, and the parent hopping around trying to keep up. We were throwing crumbs to the poor parent to try and help out.
Anguilla,Argentina,Bolivia,Brazil,British Virgin Islands,Canada,Chile,Colombia,Costa Rica,Cuba, Dominica,Dominican Republic,Ecuador - mainland,French Guiana,Grenada,Guyana,Haiti,Jamaica(I),Netherlands Antilles,Panama, Paraguay,Peru,Puerto Rico,Saint Lucia,Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,Suriname,Trinidad and Tobago,Uruguay,Venezuela,
IOC 11.2 Subspecies
s Florida (se USA), West Indies, the Guianas and n Brazil
Widespread and common in open areas and near livestock. Cowbirds lay eggs in the nests of other species such as sparrows. The female ranges in color from almost black to grey and light brown across its large range.