adult; no sexual dimorphism (California, USA; 2008-04-22)

Northern Mockingbird
Mimus polyglottos

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: a common gray and white bird with long tail and long legs; an excellent songster, its name derives from the fact that it mimics sounds in its environment, including not only other birds but also inanimate objects such as squeaky doors; hunts insects by spreading its wings to make shadows on the ground.

grayish overall, light wing-bars (California, USA; 2008-04-22)

big white patches on wings in flight (California, USA; 2008-04-22)

yellow iris (California, USA; 2009-02-15)

stick nest (California, USA; 2006-05-27)

hatchling (California, USA; 2006-05-27)

hatchling practicing hunting technique (California, USA; 2006-05-27)

'teenager'; streaked on underparts (California, USA; 2006-05-27)

slightly decurved bill (California, USA; 2006-03-18)
white wing patches and outer tail feathers (California, USA; 2010-05-22)
long tail and legs (California, USA; 2006-10-15)

posing for portrait (California, USA; 2006-10-15)

posing for portrait (Mexico; 2011-03-16)