This small black bird with a brown head was photographed in Wehr Nature Center, Franklin Wisconsin.

The female Brown-Headed Cowbird.

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The male Brown-Headed Cowbird is black with a brown head. The female is gray with a lighter throat. They can be seen in most of the United States. They have a habitat on farms, fields, barnyards, roadsides, wooded edges, and groves. They follow cattle and feed on insects from the grass. Cowbirds are known for laying eggs in other bird nests, leaving them for the other birds to raise them. They are known for having parasites and spreading them to other birds.

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