I was recently thinking about the next bird of the week to write about on Wednesday night as I was finishing up my blog about the hummingbird. I originally was going to write about the eagle, but as I was doing my research about the hummingbird, I thought, “Maybe I should do the mockingbird.”
I felt like the mockingbird fit in a lot better this week than the eagle, not only is the mockingbird small but it is also as sweet as the lovebird and the hummingbird.
As I was doing some research on the mockingbird, I remembered the book by Harper Lee, “To Kill A Mockingbird.” I have always found that title hostile and inhumane because why would anyone want to kill a mockingbird when all they do is make beautiful music for us to enjoy. The mockingbird symbolizes innocence. They have other qualities as well, joyful, they are clever, playful, and very vocal, especially in singing their hearts out to us. So why would you want to hurt such a beautiful and sweet bird?
Facts About The MockingBird
According to the Northern MockingBird Identification website,
Size & Shape:
A medium-sized songbird, a bit more slender than a thrush and with a longer tail. Mockingbirds have small heads, a long, thin bill with a hint of a downward curve, and long legs. Their wings are short, rounded, and broad, making the tail seem particularly long in flight.
Mockingbirds are overall gray-brown, paler on the breast and belly, with two white wingbars on each wing. A white patch in each wing is often visible on perched birds, and in flight these become large white flashes. The white outer tail feathers are also flashy in flight.
The Northern Mockingbird enjoys making its presence known. It usually sits conspicuously on high vegetation, fences, eaves, or telephone wires, or runs and hops along the ground. Found alone or in pairs throughout the year, mockingbirds aggressively chase off intruders on their territory.
Look for Northern Mockingbirds in towns, suburbs, backyards, parks, forest edges, and open land at low elevations.
Thanks for reading!
I will be back on Sunday, where I will show you some art and share you some information about probably one of the most beautiful bird that I think exist: The Red Cardinal.