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Northern Mockingbird

Mimus polyglottos


This is a medium-sized songbird, with a gray body, black and white tail and wings on the underside with white patches, as pictured. This bird is well known for its large repertoire of songs and calls…hence its name, ‘mocking’ other birds.


These guys are year-round inhabitants in our urban area…covered with lawns, various trees (mostly pine), and gardens. The surrounding area is the Mojave Desert, in Nevada.


Mockingbirds are very territorial. In the photos above, two males were in a street fight over territorial rights to the neighborhood. The tiff went on for about 20 minutes before one gave up and flew away. According to on-line sources, these birds continue to learn new songs throughout their lives. A male may learn as many as 200 songs over time. Mockingbirds as well have different songs and calls for the spring/summer and fall seasons.

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Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 5 years ago

Thanks, Desmond.

Desmond.E.S.O 5 years ago

Very nice!

DanielePralong 5 years ago

You're welcome Jim! We're always interested in spottings which highlight behaviour.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 5 years ago

Thanks Pradeep, Dr Sherpa, Armadeus, Hema, Antonio and Muckpuk!

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 5 years ago

Congratulations Jim perfect shot!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 5 years ago

Thanks, Daniele, it is not often a street fight has gotten attention on PN.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Congrats Jim!

armadeus.4 5 years ago

Congratulations Jim!!! Very well deserved :)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

The western scrub jays battle with each other in a very identical way! Well documented series.......

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Congratulations Jim, this great action series is our Spotting of the Day!


Awesome series Jim,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Muckpuk 5 years ago

Lovely series!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 5 years ago

Thanks, Armedeus!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 5 years ago

Thanks, Ava!

JamesPriest2 5 years ago

Fantastic captures. Love the photos

armadeus.4 5 years ago

I agree! Nicely done Jim! How satisfying to be able to document the scuffle. Thank you for the information and for sharing :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

Fabulous series and notes, Jim!

Jim Nelson
Spotted by
Jim Nelson

Nevada, USA

Spotted on Oct 9, 2016
Submitted on Oct 10, 2016

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