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Northern Mockingbird – (Mimus polyglottos)
The Northern Mockingbird is the only mockingbird found in North America and can be seen from Canada to Mexico. It is the state bird of Florida and 5 other states. It gets its name from mimicking the sounds of other birds. The bird has a silvery gray head with light gray chest and belly. It has white wing patches underneath its wings. This bird is an omnivore and eats small insects and fruits from trees and bushes. The Northern Mockingbird birds are considered very intelligent and can protect its nest and eggs from other birds and predators by making loud noises, flying aggressively towards any unwelcome visitor and calling on other mockingbirds to help protect its territory. It size averages 10 inches long and can be seen in grassy fields, near the edge of forests, on top of branches, bushes and man made objects. While I was walking around the open grassy fields and tennis courts where I live there were several that I saw who were singing loudly and flying from tree to tree or from one object to another possibly warning me to stay away from its’ nest. Go to All About Birds to learn more about the Mockingbird and it has an audio of it’s calls.
A good website to see and learn about Florida’s birds is Audubons Society’s Florida Chapter