16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Song Sparrow Feeding Baby Brown-headed Cowbird
An unfortunate yet incredibly interesting sight to see. Brown-headed cowbirds often leave their eggs in another smaller birds' nest leaving the host bird to take care of it. In this case a sparrow's nest. The brown-cowbird grows at a much faster rate, therefore kicking the other young out of the nest which kills them. The song sparrow is now forced to take care of the cowbird instead.
© Anagha Ramakrishnan.
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||Nov. 30, 2018, 10:26 a.m.