Plumage/Description: Bronzed Cowbirds have an overall stocky appearance. Males appear black, but in good light the wings appear to be a glossy blue color. Females are browner in color, lighter on the underside, and darker on top. Both males and females have bright red eyes which is diagnostic.
Habitat: Horse stables, stockyards, pastures, agricultural settings, residential areas in these various habitats.
Time of year: Spring, summer resident.
Relative Abundance: uncommon
Behavior: Bronzed Cowbirds are a parasitic species, laying their eggs in the nest of a host species. Males have an elaborate courtship display to entice females.
Diet: Seeds, insects
Similar species: Brown-headed cowbird
Best Sites: Yavapai County Fairgrounds, Williamson Valley Corridor.