English and Scientific names:

Shiny Cowbird  

 (molothrus bonariensis)

Number of individuals: 

1 Male, not as glossy as others I've seen.



Specific Locality:

Graveyard behind the Rutherford Motel (now gone)

Date(s) when observed:


Time(s) of day when observed:  

9 am

Reporting observer and address:

Melvin Weber
Reserve, La.

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):


Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):


Optical equipment: 

8x40 binoculars

Distance to bird(s): 

30 feet

Duration of observation:

5 minutes--bird was still there when I left


Mowed lawn of graveyard

Behavior of bird: 

Walking around on ground looking for food.


Purple gloss of male through out but not as good as other males I have seen.  I would suspect this is a sub-adult.  Dark eye, cowbird bill, dark legs.  Size of nearby female Red Wing.



Similar species:

No brown head, no red eye

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Several decent photos I will be sending

Previous experience with this species: 

I would say I have seen about 5 of these birds all in Louisiana.

Identification aids:


This description is written from: 

Notes from memory

Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 



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