Monday, April 30, 2012

Northern Mockingbird

This is our neighborhood Northern Mockingbird. He is a busy chatterbox. For my non-birding friends, they call Mockingbird for a reason. They mimic the calls and songs of other birds. They belong to the family Mimidea which includes the Gray Catbird, the Brown Thrasher and the California Thrasher. Not al members of the Mimidea family imitate, the Northern Mockingbird is noted for its mimicry. I had a sight impaired birding friend that did 80% of her birding by ear. She noted one Mockingbird in Washington D.C. had copied over fifty other bird songs.

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This little guy had about four down, Killdeer, House Sparrow, American Robin and European Starling. I’ve noticed that the East Coast Mockingbirds are better neighbors because they do not sing at night. I’ve lived in some areas where they would call incessantly throughout the night.

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