Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

Three species of mimic-thrushes (Mimidae) are found in NC: Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, and Gray Catbird. All sound similar, but are easily distinguished. Thrashers generally repeat phrases twice, then move on to the next phrase. Mockingbirds repeat phrases 3-7 times before moving on to the next phrase, while catbirds do not generally repeat phrases.

Mockingbirds are common statewide in NC and are freqently found in neighborhoods protecting bushes laden with berries.


Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottus)

Dare Co., NC
9 Nov 2008


Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottus)

Durham Co., NC
10 Feb 2007

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottus) Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottus)

Carteret Co., NC
12 Apr 2006

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottus)

Durham Co., NC
14 Mar 2008

Mockingbirds often feed on the ground.


Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottus)

Outer Banks near Duck, Dare Co., NC
10 Nov 2012


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