The Northern Mockingbird is a common bird known for its mimicking
vocal repertoire and vigorous nest and territory dive-bombing defensive tactics.
- Family: Mimidae, Mockingbirds, Thrashers
- Scientific name: Mimus polyglottos
- Length: 10" (25 cm)
- Diet: Insects, fruit; includes crayfish, sowbugs, snails, few small
- Voice: Song of varied phrases in regimented series: each phrase
repeated 2-6 times, then an obvious pause followed by a different series
krrDEE-krrDEE-krrDEE, jeurrrdi jeurrrdi jeurrrdi...; most phrases musical;
many imitations of other species. Call a harsh, dry chak; harsher and
longer than blackbirds; aggressive call a high, wheezy skeeech.
- Habitat: Found in a variety of habitats including towns,
farms, roadsides, thickets.
- Displays: Male and female perform mating"dance" facing
each other with heads and tails high, darting at each other and retreating;
may also serve as territorial display, often occurring between males.
- Number of broods: 2, occasionally 3 or 4
- Nest: Usually in coniferous or deciduous tree (3-10'
above ground), also occasionally in vines; of twigs, lined with grass,
rootlets. Male usually builds foundation, female lines it. Built in 4-8 days.
- Eggs: Averages 3-5 blue-green eggs, usually heavily
marked with browns; 1.0" (24 mm).
- Incubation period: 12-13 days
- Fledge: 11-13 days after hatching
- Longevity Record: 14 Years and 10 months (according to USGS
Bird Banding Lab)
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Enjoy your local Northern Mockingbirds. Watch, listen and learn
about their unique behaviors with your family and friends!
Singing Northern Mockingbird Plush Toy. Design input from Audubon and the
song is from the world famous Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
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