Appearance of the Brown-Headed Cowbird


The male Brown-Headed Cowbird has black shiny feathers with a brown head and neck, while the female is grayish brown. Both species of this songbird have a pointed beak, black eyes, black legs, and a long tail and wings.

Weighing in at 1 ⅓ to 1 ¾ ounces, the Brown-Headed Cowbird can reach a length between 7 - 9 inches.

Geography of the Brown-Headed Cowbird

The Brown-Headed Cowbird has a wide range along the North American continent. It can be found from central British Columbia in Canada southward through the United States and central Mexico.

The Brown-Headed Cowbird migrates to the southern and eastern parts of the United States as well as the Pacific coast, and travels as far as southern areas of Mexico.

Local Environments of the Brown-Headed Cowbird

Cowbird in a Field

Although it breeds in woodland edges, thickets, and pastures, the Brown-Headed Cowbird also ventures into residential areas.

It is often found on farmland among the farm animals that are grazing in the fields. is the top destination to find quality Wild Bird Feeders and Accessories. Perky-Pet® and K-Feeders wild bird products are trusted brands to bird lovers everywhere. Interact with nature, relax and build memories that last a lifetime by conveniently ordering from Happy Bird Feeding!


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