- Short, conical bill
- Dark eyes
- Frequents open habitats
- When feeding on ground often cocks its tail
- Often found in large flocks in migration and winter
- Brown head
- Black body, wings and tail
- Grayish-brown plumage-darker on upperparts
- Underparts faintly streaked
- Throat pale
- Juvenile browner and streakier than adult female with
pale edging on wings
The Brown-headed Cowbird is smaller and shorter-tailed than blackbirds
and grackles and has a more conical bill.
Bronzed Cowbird is similar to female Brown-headed Cowbird but has
red eyes and is slightly larger with a longer bill.