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How To Identify Birds: the Mockingbird

Watch more Birdwatching videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/99-Birdwatching Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Recognize the mockingbird with help from this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Observe the bird's size and shape Consider the bird's appearance through binoculars and compare it with the pictures in your field guide. Northern mockingbirds have small heads; long, thin bills with slight downward curvature; and long legs. Step 2: Observe the bird's color Consider the bird's color. Northern mockingbirds are gray-brown with two white wing bars on each wing. In flight the white wing bars show up as white flashes. Step 3: Observe the bird's behavior Consider the bird's behavior. The northern mockingbird likes to perch atop high vegetation, fences, eaves, or telephone wires. On the ground, it runs or hops. Step 4: Observe the bird's habitat Consider the habitat where the bird is observed. Northern mockingbirds are frequently found at low elevations in towns, suburbs, backyards, parks, forest edges, and open land. Tip The mockingbird is typically a year-round resident. Step 5: Observe the bird's song Listen to the bird's song. The northern mockingbird's song consists of a variety of phrases, repeated two or more times, followed by a pause. The songs can last for 20 seconds or more. Did You Know? When singing, mockingbirds frequently imitate other birds -- and even frogs.
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