Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottos) are common throughout much of North America.

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) in a Silkoak (Grevillea robusta) tree

These birds seem to prefer suburban gardens, especially those with berry bushes. Firethorn (Pyracantha) bushes with red or orange berries are among their favorites.

Northern Mockingbirds can imitate the songs of many other birds, and they weave samples of these borrowed songs into their own unique song mixes. Here in Tucson, if you hear a bird singing on a bright, moonlit night, it is most likely a Northern Mockingbird, as they will sing both during the day and night if there is enough light.

Category:  Arizona Birds