The shiny nest robber

About two weeks ago, while clattering away on a keyboard in our office, an unfamiliar twittering sound got my attention. A quick peek at the trees in front of the office window revealed the culprit, and then some! We have written about the Yellow Oriole (Icterus nigrogularis curasoensis) before (see this post, and this post), being the possible victim of the invasive Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis), but the sight in the tree proved this hypothesis to be totally true, unfortunately. […] Read more »

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 »