Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Beautiful song from this state bird of Florida who mimics others. Big on berries, especially holly and winged sumac.
They stir up insects to feed their young during nesting season and Ive had them nest many times in the native groundsel tree and wax myrtle (bayberry) shrubs. Territorial, they will battle each other and other birds including those much larger than themselves.
babies in nest: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/northern-mockingbird-baby-mimus-polyglottos/
Shown on Florida Native Plant: LONGLEAF PINE TREE (Pinus palustris) on a branch which is providing support for Florida Native plant Ball Moss (Tillandsia recurvata), an airplant.
My take: Mockingbird: Melodious but Mean