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Emily Dickinson

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Northern mockingbirds are highly territorial

Northern mockingbirds often perch conspicuously on high branches to make their presence known. Photo by J.J. Meyer
Generally known for their singing abilities, Northern mockingbirds can also make fierce sounds in an attempt to run off competitors.  These highly territorial birds puff up to make themselves larger.  With their tails in the air, these medium-sized songbirds are not afraid to show aggressive behavior to other birds they consider a threat including scrub jays and crows. It's not unusual to see a mockingbird or a pair of  mockingbirds attack a crow that comes too close to their nest. 

Happy birding!

1 comment:

  1. I love "my" Mockingbirds! There is a pair around my home that follows me the minute I leave the house. Of course it doesn't hurt that I feed them live meal worms. Two distinct personalities. The male (I believe it's the male) like me to toss them in the air so that he can catch them and the female (?) will come right up to me and take the worm from my hand. In turn, I get to enjoy their songbook :)