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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mockingbird

Mockingbirds are closely related to wrens and thrushes. Mockingbirds are generally found in southern North America, Central America and the West Indies. It is also been introduced into Hawaii and thrives of suburban areas. Blue mockingbirds (genus Melanotis) are mostly found in Mexico. Mockingbirds sings pity beautifully and can be heard in extensive parkland or small gardens. Due to their singing capabilities mockingbirds were made the state bird of Texas in the year 1927. Mockingbirds belong to the family of Mimidae. The scientific name of Mockingbird is Mimus polyglottos.

Mockingbirds are about 10 inches (27 cm) long. It is gray in color, with darker, white-marked wings and a very long tail. Mockingbirds have yellow eyes, slender bill, black legs and white under parts. One other special feature of mockingbird is that they can imitate the songs and calls of every bird they have ever heard of. Mockingbirds sing all day and often at night, from tree-tops and roof tops, from hedges and fence wires and from the feeding-table where they come for raisins and suet. Mockingbirds can imitate the songs of 20 or more species within ten minutes.

Mockingbirds generally build their nests in shrubs and trees and they often make use of bits of wool and string for building purposes. Mockingbirds raise two or three broods each year, often so near houses that they can be watched from a window or porch as they feed and care for their young ones. Mockingbirds are very much concerned about their nests and act as a fierce protector of their young ones. Mocking birds are sometimes seen swooping down on a dog, cat or predator that comes close to their nest. In the North, their natural diet is primarily insects during the breeding season while in the south, all the year round they survive on seeds, fruits and berries.

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