Northern Mockingbird — Mimus polyglottos

Order Passeriformes
Family Mimidae
Genus Mimus
Species polyglottos
The Northern Mockingbird is perhaps the most well-known bird in America for imitating other birds, animals and man-made sounds. A year-round resident commonly found in thickets and hedgerows, near farms, gardens and parks. Pale to darker gray above with whitish and light gray below and distinct white bars on the wings and white sides on the tail. Immature birds have spotty steaks on their breast and underside.
Northern Mockingbird
© Benjamin Shirkey

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(CC) BY-SA Todd Slaubaugh,
February 2015

A northern mockingbird perching on a tree limb.


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