Northern Mockingbird

Mimus polyglottos


Family:
Catbirds, Mockingbirds, and Thrashers
Size:
Medium
Visits:
Throughout the Year
Behavior:
Perchers

Northern Mockingbird Facts

That might not be a car alarm bleeping outside your window: northern mockingbirds love to imitate other birds, animals, and even inanimate objects. Because they tend to nest near houses and practice their noisy crooning late into the night, these birds have earned a bad reputation with some humans.

Size:
10" Long
Markings:
Gray-brown feathers from head to tail, with lighter bellies. Two prominent white stripes on each wing, which are displayed when the birds are defending their territory. Long tails with white undersides.
Habitat:
Common in forest edges, suburban and urban parks and backyards.
Behavior:
Northern mockingbirds are very territorial, and use aggression and mocking calls to defend their nests and favorite feeding grounds. These birds like to perch high up on a tree, fence, or lamppost to keep an eye on the competition and to have a central stage for performing their songs. Highly skilled at mimicry, northern mockingbirds are constantly adding to their repertoire of sounds; some may know as many as 200 calls and songs.
Diet:
Insects and berries, seeds.

Male

Male Northern Mockingbird


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