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Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird


The Northern Mockingbird is commonly called the “American Nightingale.” This songbird lives up to its nickname, singing during the day and sometimes at night, varying its songs from spring to fall.


After the young hatch, the father and mother both share the feeding duties. The father then teaches the little ones how to fly while the mother is busy preparing a new nest for her next brood of babies!




Nesting Habits


Nesting Habits of the Northern Mockingbird


The male and female Northern Mockingbird mate and stay with each other throughout the spring and summer season, and some will even stay together for life.


The female Northern Mockingbird constructs the cup-shaped nest from twigs and creates a softer inside with grass and leaves.  She then lays 2-6 eggs which are bluish or greenish and covered with red or brown markings.


Wild Bird Library - Northern Mockingbird - Nesting

After incubating for 12-13 days, the eggs will hatch, and the Northern Mockingbird chicks will then leave the nest in another 12 days. While they are becoming fledglings, the male Northern Mockingbird teaches them how to fly while the female constructs another nest for their next brood.


During the year, some Northern Mockingbird parents will have between two to four sets of babies.




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