Northern Mockingbird: How To Spot Them
The Northern Mockingbird, noted for their prolonged repetitious song, is known to often mimick other species and other noises. Learn about them!
The Northern Mockingbird is a slender bird with a large area of white on the wings and white outer tail feathers. The colors of this bird are especially prominent during flight. It is gray on the outer feathers with paler gray feathers below. In sharp contrast it has a brownish black tail and wings that is set apart from white areas mentioned. They are often seen in thickets, around farmland, on roadsides and even in towns.
Noted for their prolonged repetitious song, the Northern Mockingbird is known to often mimicking other species and other noises. These birds are usually seen in the suburbs, near farms and thickets. Their diet consist of insects, sumac berries, mountain ash berries, barberry, honeysuckle, bittersweet and Virginia creeper. A wing flashing display is given during courtship and they are very territorial during this time. Nest are made of twigs, moss and grass lined with wool or feather and located one to three feet above the ground. The female will lay 3 to 4 eggs that are greenish with red or brown spots. The male is very protective of the female and hatchlings, coming to their defense anytime danger is signaled.
The Northern Mocking bird is known to defend their territories not only against other members of the same species, but against other species as well. It is believed that closely related species such as these most likely have similar resource requirements and this is their way of protecting their mates and their resources.