Cowbird Chicks Must Adopt β€˜The Goldilocks Principle’ To Boost Survival

Female brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater) singing at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge near New York City. (Credit: Rhododendrites / CC BY-SA 4.0)

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