• The Dracula Bird

    1 month ago - By 10,000 Birds

    I hope you will forgive my rather lurid title. No, I am not going to tell you about some blood-sucking bird with hypnotic powers. I am only responding to my subjective impression of a single species' appearance here; specifically, that of the Bronzed Cowbird. (For our Old World readers, yes, I am aware that Oxpeckers would be more deserving of this title.)
    Male Bronzed Cowbirds have, in spite of their name, irridescent blue-black plumage. But in most light, they appear to have a shiny black color. Males also have a ruff of feathers around their necks that, when relaxed, give them a...
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