Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Plain plumaged mimic with a bold personality.  Common year-round through much of North America; prefers grassy, shrubby areas like parks, suburbs and forest edges.   Mid-sized, lanky songbird with long tail; thin, slightly down-curved bill; rounded wings with white patches; gray above and paler below.  Often perched out on a bush, wire or fence and aggressively defends territory.  Adults may imitate up to 200 bird songs; very vocal in spring and fall, even at night; females also sing.  Diet of insects and berries.  Typically nests in low shrubs or trees.  Lifespan up to 14 years.  Population ~ 32 million and declining; formerly a popular cage bird.


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January 24, 2015