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Related to Molothrus: Cowbirds
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Noun1.Molothrus - cowbirdsMolothrus - cowbirds        
bird genus - a genus of birds
family Icteridae, Icteridae - American orioles; American blackbirds; bobolinks; meadowlarks
cowbird - North American blackbird that follows cattle and lays eggs in other birds' nests
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Polanco -- Lazo and Bolas -- Partridges -- Absence of Trees -- Deer -- Capybara, or River Hog -- Tucutuco -- Molothrus, cuckoo-like habits -- Tyrant- flycatcher -- Mocking-bird -- Carrion Hawks -- Tubes formed by Lightning -- House struck.
There are several species of a family allied in structure and manners to our Starling: one of these (Molothrus niger) is remarkable from its habits.
Additionally, expansion of agriculture and logging into Michigan brought with it brown-headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater), "nest parasites" that lay eggs in the nests of unsuspecting host birds who then go on to raise the cowbird chicks as their own.
Six nests were parasitized with a single brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater) egg, and all parasitized nests occurred in Gambel oak-dominated woodland.
In previous studies, numerous avian species like European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris), house sparrows (Passer domesticus), feral pigeons (Columba livia), red- winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus), common grackles (Quiscalus quiscula), brown headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater), American kestrels (Falco sparverius), Canada geese (Branta canadensis), mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), cedar waxwings (Bomby cillacedrorum) and yellow-headed blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) also showed the similar results and suppress the depredations when seeds treated with anthraquinone and methylanthranilate were provided to the birds (Cummings et al., 1998).
Narrow buffer zones increase the amount of edge habitat, which often increases egg parasitism, especially by species such as Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater; Gates & Giffen 1991; Bohning-Gaese et al.
A similar effect has been observed with the Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater).
The genus of this bird, Molothrus ater--as well as the bronze-headed variant Molothrus aeneus--comes from Molothrus, the Greek work meaning vagabond or parasite.