Giant Cowbird Molothrus oryzivorus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Icteridae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Peter E. Lowther

Diet and Foraging


Fruit (Ficus trigona and Coussapoa sp.), nectar (chiefly Combretum sp. and Quararibea sp.), and arthropods (Robinson 1988).  One bird collected had been eating rice (Wetmore et al. 1984); stomach of young male had seeds (Sapitiba; von Pelzeln 1871).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Lowther, P. E. (2010). Giant Cowbird (Molothrus oryzivorus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.