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2011-05-09 12:43:32

A new University of Florida study shows cats are the dominant predator to mockingbird eggs and nestlings in urban areas, prompting conservationists to urge pet owners to keep felines indoors at night. The findings challenge assumptions that urban areas are places of refuge for nesting mockingbirds, a species researchers say plays an important role in controlling insect pests and serving as environmental indicators for metropolitan areas. "I thought the cats probably really hammered them...

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2009-05-19 11:25:00

Researchers say mockingbirds can tell humans apart and are quick to react to those they don't like, The Associated Press reported. The study in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggested that birds rapidly learn to identify people who have previously threatened their nests "” even sounding alarms and attacking those people, while ignoring others nearby. Douglas J. Levey, a professor in the zoology department of the University of Florida, said the...

2009-04-08 14:05:12

Florida wildlife officials said it is not uncommon for territorial mockingbirds or red-shouldered hawks to hit humans in the back of their heads. Officials said they receive a handful of calls around this time of year, the breeding and nesting season for many birds, about hawks and mockingbirds causing minor injuries by striking people, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Wednesday. We hear it a lot with mockingbirds, said Joy Hill, spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...


Latest Northern Mockingbird Reference Libraries

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2007-12-18 13:07:30

The Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus), is a breeding bird found in southern Mexico south to northern Brazil, and in the Lesser Antilles and other Caribbean islands. The birds in Panama and Trinidad may have been introduced. This mockingbird is common in most open habitats including human habitation. Adults are 9.8 inches long and weigh 1.9 ounces. They are gray on the head and upper parts with yellow eyes, a white eye stripe and dark patch through the eye. The under parts are off-white...

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2007-12-18 12:59:50

The Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos), is the only mockingbird commonly found in North America. The Northern Mockingbird breeds in southeastern Canada, the United States, northern Mexico, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and the Greater Antilles. It is replaced further south by its closest living relative, the Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus). This bird is mainly a permanent resident, but northern birds may move south during harsh weather. Mockingbirds have a strong preference for...

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