My Local Friends – lll

Another species of birds that have been residing in my backyard right from the time I moved to that location is the Northern Mockingbird. It took me a while to understand their behavior and the more I observed them I began to appreciate his sense of belonging that also extends to protecting their ‘territory” and everything in it. I think that many readers might be interested  to know more about these remarkable birds, here’s some interesting information:

The Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is the only mockingbird commonly found in North America. This bird is mainly a permanent resident, but northern birds may move south during harsh weather. This species has rarely been observed in Europe. This species was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema Naturæ in 1758 as Turdus polyglottos. The northern mockingbird is renowned for its mimicking ability, as reflected by the meaning of its scientific name, ‘many-tongued mimic.’ The northern mockingbird has gray to brown upper feathers and a paler belly. Its wings have white patches which are visible in flight.

The northern mockingbird is an omnivore. It eats both insects and fruits. It is often found in open areas and forest edges but forages in grassy land.

The northern mockingbird is known for its intelligence and has also been noted in North American culture. A 2009 study showed that the bird was able to recognize individual humans, particularly noting those who had previously been intruders or threats. Also birds recognize their breeding spots and return to areas in which they had greatest success in previous years. Urban birds are more likely to demonstrate this behavior.

The northern mockingbird is a medium-sized mimid that has long legs and tail. Both males and females look alike. Its upper parts are colored gray, while its underparts have a white or whitish-gray color.It has parallel wing bars on the half of the wings connected near the white patch giving it a distinctive appearance in flight. The black central rectrices and typical white lateral rectrices are also noticeable in flight. The iris is usually a light green-yellow or a yellow, but there have been instances of an orange color.The bill is black with a brownish black appearance at the base. The juvenile appearance is marked by its streaks on its back, distinguished spots and streaks on its chest, and a gray or grayish-green iris.

Text © Wikipedia & HJ Ruiz – Photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101

12 thoughts on “My Local Friends – lll

  1. Great post, HJ. They truly are a remarkable bird. Yesterday I sat in my friend’s back yard, couldn’t see the m-bird, but listened attentively to its astounding repertoire of other bird songs. 🙂

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