Northern Mockingbird

The Northern Mockingbird breeds in southeastern Canada, the United States, northern Mexico, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and the Greater Antilles. It is replaced further south by its closest living relative, the Tropical Mockingbird. The Socorro Mockingbird, an endangered species, is also closely related, contrary to previous opinion.

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The Northern Mockingbird is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos, is the only mockingbird commonly found in North America. This species was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 as Turdus polyglottos. The Northern Mockingbird breeds in southeastern Canada, the United States, northern Mexico, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and the Greater Antilles. It is replaced further south by its closest living relative, the Tropical Mockingbird. The Socorro Mockingbird, an endangered species, is also closely related, contrary to previous opinion. More

singing outside your house, you might have a Northern Mockingbird in your yard. These slender-bodied gray birds apparently pour all their color into their personalities. They sing almost endlessly, even sometimes at night, and they flagrantly harass birds that intrude on their territories, flying slowly around them or prancing toward them, legs extended, flaunting their bright white wing patches. More

Northern Mockingbirds eat mainly insects in summer but switch to eating mostly fruit in fall and winter. These birds forage on the ground or in vegetation; they also fly down from a perch to capture food. They mainly eat insects,small frogs,lizards, berries and seeds. They’ve been seen drinking sap from the cuts on recently pruned trees. While foraging they frequently spread their wings in a peculiar two-step motion to display the white patches. More

The Northern Mockingbird has a large range, estimated globally at 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to the North America and nearby island nations and territories, this bird prefers temperate, subtropical, or tropical forest and shrubland ecosystems as well as rural gardens and degraded former forest areas. The global population of this bird is estimated at 45,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. More

The northern mockingbird is a relatively unremarkable bird to look at but a spectacular one to listen to. With its amazing ability to mimic other bird songs and sounds, its scientific name polyglottos More

The northern mockingbird can be found in most of the continental United States from southern Oregon through northern Utah to Newfoundland and south to Mexico. Habitat The northern mockingbird lives in open country with thickets, farmland and desert brush. Diet The northern mockingbird eats ants, beetles, grasshoppers, seeds and berries. Life Cycle MockingbirdMating season is between March and August. More

The Northern Mockingbird, a medium-sized songbird, is dull gray above with paler underparts. The white outer tail feathers of the long tail and white wing patches are visible in flight. Life History Mockingbirds are one of the most commonly noticed birds in the state. More

Northern Mockingbirds can sing up to 200 songs. These include the songs of other birds, insect and amphibian sounds, and even the occasional mechanical noise. During the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century there was a strong market for caged mockingbirds. By the early 20th century, fueled by the mockingbird's famed vocal prowess, this demand resulted in the near extinction of populations near Philadelphia, St. Louis, and other large cities. More

The Northern Mockingbird, family Mimidae, is one of 31 species of catbirds, thrashers, and mockingbirds that occur in the western hemisphere. Eleven species in this group, including the Bahama Mockingbird, occur in North America. The Northern Mockingbird, or "many tongued mimic," is known for its distinctive gray plumage, large white wing patches and its seemingly tireless repertoire of songs. More

Northern MockingbirdThe Northern Mockingbird is known for its unique ability of imitating many different bird songs, able to mimic over thirty different avian calls in a sequence. This large variety measures at 9 to 11 inches in length. It has light colored eyes, gray overall cover, long black tails, and long legs, with beige to white undersides. Outer tail feathers are white, while the wings are primarily black with thick white stripes and patches. More

The Northern Mockingbird is an incredible songbird, but it's nearly impossible to identify by its song. It is a mimic. It will mimic the songs and medleys of other birds as well as other sounds that it hears. It will sing the sweet song of the cardinal one minute and have an experienced birder trying to spot an elusive Bunting the next. More

Northern Mockingbirds have extraordinary vocal abilities - they can sing up to 200 songs, including the songs of other birds, insect and amphibian sounds, even an occasional mechanical noise. The northern mockingbird is also the state bird symbol of Florida, Texas, Tennessee and Mississippi. Mockingbid singing - video courtesy of BirdCinema. More

Habitat and Distribution: The Northern Mockingbird is distributed widely and it has extended its range much farther north in recent years. They range throughout North America from southern Canada south to Mexico. They even have been introduced and established in Hawaii. Mockingbirds live year-around across Texas where they frequent lawns and gardens in urban and rural environments, edges of open woods, farmland, streamside thickets and brushy deserts. More

The Northern Mockingbird is the Tennessee state bird. The scientific name is appropriately Mimus polyglottos, translated as "many-tongued mimic." The name highlights the mockingbird's ability to mimic not only dozens of other birds' songs, but also man-made devices such as musical instruments, warning bells, cell phones, car horns, and creaky hinges. The mockingbird is known to many homeowners by its (some would describe obnoxious) habitat of singing on moonlit spring nights. More

Northern Mockingbird is a medium-sized songbird. It has thin and dark eyeline and yellow to orange eyes. Bill is thin and black, with brown base. It has two white wing bars and large patches on the wings, very easy to see when flying. Tail is long with white outer feathers, and black central tail feathers. Upperparts are pale grey, underparts are whitish. Legs are long and dusky. Both sexes look alike. More

Northern Mockingbird males establish a nesting territory in early February. If a female enters his territory, the male will pursue the female with initial aggressive calls and, if she becomes disinterested, with softer calls. Once the pair is established, their song becomes more gentle. Northern Mockingbirds tend to be monogamous, and the female may return to the same male from the previous season. Both the male and female Northern Mockingbird are involved in the nest building. More

The Northern Mockingbird builds a twig nest in a dense shrub or tree. It aggressively defends this nest and the surrounding area against other birds and animals, including humans. When a predator is persistent, Mockingbirds from neighboring territories, summoned by a distinct call, may join the attack. Other birds may gather to watch as the Mockingbirds harass the intruder. Mockingbirds' willingness to nest near houses, loud and frequent songs, and territorial defense often annoy people. More

The Northern mockingbird has been the state bird of Texas since 1927. Their scientific name Mimus polyglottos, translated as "many-tongued mimic", highlights the mockingbird's amazing talent for perfectly mimicking the songs of over three dozen bird species. Mockingbirds can also expertly reproduce the sounds of other animals, as well as some man-made devices such as musical instruments, warning bells, and creaky hinges. More

The Northern Mockingbird, a year-round resident throughout most of its range, is renowned for its complex, ebullient, mimicking song and for its pugnacious defense of territory, nest, and young. An omnivore, this species eats a wide variety of fruit and insects, favoring habitats such as park and cultivated lands, second growth at low elevations, and suburbs, where it commonly forages for insects on mowed lawns. More

northern mockingbird In spring the Northern Mockingbird may sing all night long. This bird will often fool even a well seasoned birdwatcher. Singing the songs of other bird species, the bird watcher has to listen closely to distinquish who is doing the singing. Northern Mockingbirds are unique in that they defend two separate territories. One is the breeding territory, which is typical for most birds. The other is their fall and winter feeding territory. More

Voice: The Northern Mockingbird is an excellent imitator of many species. Its own song, however, is distinguished by a strict pattern of varied phrases, usually repeated two six times, and then followed by a distinct pause, after which another pattern is begun. Listen for a krrDEE-krrDEE-krrDEE. Its call is a harsh chak, or a hoarse skeech. More

The Northern Mockingbird is 9 to 11 inches in length. Slender with a long tail. Gray above and whitish below. The outer feathers of the tail are white. Two wing bars on each wing and large white patches under wings visible in flight. Courtship and Mating: Males generally establish a nesting territory as early as February onward. Females remain longer on their wintering territory. More

· The northern mockingbird is the state bird of Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. · It is the most widely known songbird in North America. · The mockingbird has been made famous in several songs, including “Listen to the Mockingbird” and “Mockingbird,” as well as the book and film “To Kill A Mockingbird” (the title refers to the fact that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird because they harm no one and produce such beautiful songs). More

The Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is a widespread year-round resident of most of the lower 48 states (and Mexico), and is, in fact, found throughout all five of the states that have named it. It belongs to the Mimidae family, one of 11 North American species in 4 genera, which include the Gray Catbird and the thrashers. More

Northern Mockingbird perched on fence of UCLA Botanical Garden, across the street from Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Photo by Jason Finley, 3/1/05 Northern Mockingbird with a beakful of nesting material it just finished stripping off a nearby palm tree, in the UCLA Botanical Garden. Photo by Jason Finley, April, 2005. More

The northern mockingbird is the only mockingbird that is found in North America, though the species has been known since the mid 1700s. The northern mockingbird is closely related to two other species that are found south of the United States and these are the tropical mockingbird and the Socorro mockingbird. Though not common, it is known that there have been limited numbers of mockingbirds in Europe as well. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Mimidae
Genus : Mimus
Species : polyglottos
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)