Size:  8.75”

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.