northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 9 inches
Gray head and upperparts
Long black tail with white outer tail feathers
White wing bars
White patch in wing, especially visible in flight
Juvenile has spotted breast
Most often found in scrubby habitats and in urban areas
Shrikes are similar but have black masks and thicker bills. Sage thrasher
is similar to juvenile mockingbird but lacks white wing patches and has
darker, more extensive spotting below. Rare Bahama mockingbird (stray
to Florida) has streaked flanks and lacks wing patches.
Migration Status: Permanent resident
Breeding Habitat: Urban
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-5
Length of Incubation: 12-13 days
Days to Fledge: 11-13
Number of Broods: 2, occasionally 3 or 4
Diet: Exclusively insects and fruit
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November C
Winter: December, January, February U
Crooked Run Valley