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Male: 7.5-8.7 in (19-22 cm); female: 6.3-7.9 in (16-20 cm)
Male â€“ glossy black plumage (sometimes a blue-green sheen can be seen), rich brown head, dark eye
USA: New England, Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
This is a polytypic species which consists of four subspecies:
Farmland, foreste edges, suburbs.
Cowbirds are brood parasites; the female removes one egg from the host nest and lays one of her own. Four to five white, brown speckled eggs are laid, one at a time.
Song: A liquid, bubbly gurgle followed by an upslurred, high-pitched whistle (given during display).
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