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The northern mockingbird is a long-tailed medium-sized (20-30 cm) slender songbird that is completely gray on the top and sides with a very light gray to white underside. There are 2 small parallel white bars on the wings with a white patch immediately below the lower bar. These give it a distinctive look in flight. The bill is black and the iris is a l yellow to orange color. There is no external difference between genders.
This is one of several Northern Mockingbirds I saw in backyards in a suburban setting in Housotn, Texas, USA (30 masl).
This bird can mimic so many birds people often think there are several birds outside and upon investigation they find just a single gray bird. Chances are it’s a mockingbird.
Spotted on Apr 17, 2012
Submitted on Mar 14, 2021