Northern Mockingbird

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Common Name: Northern Mockingbird

Scientific Name: Mimus polyglottos

Size: 8-10 inches (21-26cm)

Habitat: North America; found throughout the United States and Mexico. Perhaps open areas and urban settings.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 45,000,000 mature individuals. Common and widespread. Populations are in decline but also spreading northward.

Diet: Fruit, flowers and insects.

Breeding: Two to six eggs are laid in an open cup nest made with twigs, grasses and leaves. It is built low in trees or shrubs.

Cool Facts: Mockingbirds are notoriously aggressive and attack anything they deem a predator; hawks, crows, cats and even humans.

The Mockingbird is known as the “American Nightingale” and sings loudly all day and into the night. Most nocturnal singers are usually single males and singing at nighttime is more common during the full moon cycle. The Mockingbird throughout its life adds new phrases to its song. While mimicking other birds’ song, mockingbirds also mimic man-made sounds such as telephone rings and car alarms. Studies have found that mockingbirds have to distinct repertories; one used in Spring/Summer and one used in Fall/Winter. Females also sing though they are quieter than the males and rarely sing in the summer.

Mockingbird frequently gives a "wing flash" display, where it half or fully opens its wings, showing off the big white patches. There’s debate why this is done, some believe it is a territorial display.

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