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Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)


Photo © Mike Worthington

Northern Mockingbird nest

Photo © RenĂ© Corado

Northern Mockingbird eggs

Photo © RenĂ© Corado

Adult

Photo © Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

Juvenile

Photo © Davey Walters | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Jeremiah Trimble | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Gordon Dimmig | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Mary Keleher | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Franklin Diaz | Macaulay Library

Song

© Wil Hershberger

Song

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Calls

© Gregory Budney

Calls

© Geoffrey A. Keller | Macaulay Library

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

shrub

town

Substrates

Live Tree Branch

Bush or Shrub

Vine or Tangle

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cup

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

2
6

Nest Height

10 ft
3 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

12-13
days

Brooding Period

12-13
days

Useful Hints

  • The male and female construct the nest together; the male usually begins the nest with the outer foundation while the female finishes up the inner lining.
  • Northern Mockingbirds rarely ever reuse their nests.
  • In the beginning of the nesting season mockingbirds can take more than two weeks to finish a nest, but later in the season they can build a nest in as little as three days, laying an egg on the day the nest is completed.