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An American robin sits on her eggs in her nest. She has to be vigilant or a cowbird may try to put a parasitic egg in her nest. (Paige Pfleger/WHYY)
An American robin sits on her eggs in her nest. She has to be vigilant or a cowbird may try to put a parasitic egg in her nest. (Paige Pfleger/WHYY)
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Sunday is Mother's Day. Father's Day is next month — two days set aside to celebrate parenthood and say thanks for all the long days and sleepless nights that it takes to raise a child.

What if you could get someone else to pick up that responsibility? Paige Pfleger (@PaigePfleger) of The Pulse at Here & Now contributor WHYY reports there's a bird that's figured out how to do just that.

Last bird call courtesy of The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Brown-headed Cowbird 10 SK Flight whistle and extended chatter calls, Molothrus ater; Saskatchewan, Canada; 15 May 1961; William W. H. Gunn; ML 58150

This segment aired on May 12, 2017.

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