The Bronzed Cowbirds of Southern Florida

Alex Lamoreaux|

Bronzed Cowbird eBird range map

Bronzed Cowbird eBird range map

First discovered in the United States in Texas in 1940, the Bronzed Cowbird rapidly expanded throughout the desert southwest and Gulf Coast states. By 1962, Florida’s first Bronzed Cowbirds were found in Sarasota County, however it wasn’t until July 2009 when breeding was confirmed for the first time in the state, in Broward County – the young cowbird was being raised by a pair of Spot-breasted Orioles. Now Bronzed Cowbirds can be found in mainly urban areas between Key Largo and West Palm Beach; particularly the Hialeah area of Miami, Flamingo in Everglades National Park, and mixed with other blackbirds throughout southern Florida, and in small numbers up the Gulf Coast. Having failed to find the species on multiple visits to southern Florida, I finally caught up with some this past March and took the following collection of photos. Thanks to local birders Carlos Sanchez, and Angel and Mariel Abreu for help in finding cowbirds to photograph.

Bronzed Cowbird - Male (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux, March 2013)

Bronzed Cowbird – Male (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux, March 2013)

Bronzed Cowbird - Female (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux, March 2013)

Bronzed Cowbird – Female (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux, March 2013)

Have you been down to see the Bronzed Cowbirds?

About the Author

Alex Lamoreaux

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Alex Lamoreaux has been an avid birder and naturalist since he was a youngster, growing up exploring the farmland and Appalachian ridges near Hershey, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University, studying wildlife biology. Alex has traveled extensively throughout North America, Central America, and South Africa and is a freelance nature tour guide, field biologist, and wildlife photographer. Alex has worked on wildlife research projects ranging from Whimbrel migration along the coast of Virginia to Yellow-billed Cuckoo nesting in the desert southwest. He has been the migration counter at the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory for the past two fall seasons, documenting the massive visible migration of raptors and songbirds along Lake Superior. Alex loves to share his knowledge of nature, and strives to bring the birding community together to share in the fun that studying birds and wildlife has to offer. He has helped to organize and coordinate birding events in his home state of Pennsylvania and beyond. Contact Info Alex Lamoreaux aslamoreaux@gmail.com (717) 943-7086