|Mockingbird perched atop a metal sculpture, September 2013|
The Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos, is known for its ability to mimic other bird songs. Occasionally you may hear one mimicking a dog's bark, a rooster's crow, or other sounds common in its territory. During the breeding season, males sing constantly to attract females and to proclaim their territory. They aggressively defend their young, diving at people, cats and anything else they see as a threat.
They are year-round residents of the southeastern United States. Their diet consists of berries, insects, spiders, worms, etc. You can attract them by filling feeders with suet, raisins, apple slices or bread, and providing a source of water.
|October 22, 2014, Lawrenceburg, TN, USA|
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