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Did you know that mockingbirds can distinguish between—and remember—human faces? https://t.co/Z1bSO6RJfI

Did you know that mockingbirds can distinguish between—and remember—human faces? https://t.co/Z1bSO6RJfI

This bird's famous song, with its varied repetitions and artful imitations, is heard all day during nesting season (and often all night as well). Very common in towns and cities, especially in southern areas, the Mockingbird often seeks insects on open lawns. When running in the open it may stop every few feet and partly spread its wings, flashing the white wing patches. Mockingbirds are bold in defense of their nests, attacking cats and even humans that venture too close. Conservation status This species was often captured for sale as a pet from the late 1700s to the early 1900s, and probably as a result it became scarce along much of the northern edge of its range. After the cagebird trade was stopped, the Mockingbird again became common in many areas. During recent decades it has expanded its range north, especially in the northeast; its success there may have been part...

Full article: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/northern-mockingbird

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