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Northern mockingbird

Mimus polyglottos

Description:

The Northern Mockingbird appearance is usually gray/dark gray backs and white underparts. The layers of the wings are black, white, and gray. Part of their scapulars and tertiaries is made of a white spot in the wing which is usually hidden. The bottom feathers of the tail are white, while the rest are a black/gray color. Northern mockingbirds normally have many black spots in the feathers of the breast area. The legs are black at the front, but a bit lighter at the back. The talons are black. The pupil of the eye is almost always black, but the sclera of the eye can range from a pitch black to a bright orange/red color. Mockingbirds are generally 8–12 in including a tail almost as long as its body.

Habitat:

Semi rural.

Notes:

We planted a 300' mixed hedgerow last spring & although most of the shrubs & trees are still small it is proving a hit with the birds, especially the mockingbirds who are taking advantage of the holly berries at the moment.

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2 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thank you Antonio!

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 7 years ago

beautiful Karen

KarenL
Spotted by
KarenL

Franklin, Tennessee, USA

Lat: 35.92, Long: -86.85

Spotted on Feb 6, 2012
Submitted on Feb 6, 2012

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