Nary a nest built by power of its own
For which birders disdain is soundly absurd
Orphaning its eggs, seeds of wrath hath it sown
Polyandrous females so filled with lust
Three dozen ovums each season she lays
"Evolutionary genius" is more just
Hatching early, the advantage it plays
Cowbird chicks nurtured with fostering care
Displacing their broodmates with growth and girth
Their method is strange, but not without flair
Princes were not always of noble birth
And this, my ode to the cowbird is sung.
Anybody want to raise my four young?!