Shiny invaders

These beautiful birds were first sighted on Curacao a little over a decade ago. The response of one of our colleagues, who was fast to identify the species, was a frantic hunting party. Armed with an air gun he shot several birds. What was going on? These birds, identified as Shiny Cowbirds (Molothrus bonariensis), display the same reproductive behavior as the common cuckoo in Europe. These birds are brood parasites, which means they will not build a nest themselves, but […] Read more »