Mocking Bird

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No. 50 Mockingbird Length 10 1/2 inches This famous and versatile vocalist occupies much the same position in North America that the Nightingale does in Europe. Among all our songsters the Mockingbird takes first rank. Although chiefly inhabiting the more southerly portions of the United States, his reputation has extended far beyond the limits of his range, and he has taken a warm place in the affections of all our people. The Mockingbird has, with singular success, adapted his life to the ways of civilization, and he now courts the society of man on all occasions. The orange groves and plantations of the South ring with his music, and many a moonlit night is filled with ecstatic song. In many instances he has left his native Southland and taken up his abode in more northerly states. He possesses a rare degree of hardihood, and repeatedly has been known to brave a northern winter. The nest is placed in a variety of situations--small trees, bushes, brush-heaps, grape-arbors, vines, etc. It is of weed-stalks, small twigs, grasses, and strips of bark. Generally four to six eggs are laid. These are pale greenish-blue, spotted heavily at the larger end with brown. Classification: Order Passeres. Family Mimidae. Scientific name: Mimus polyglottos. Range: The whole of the United States as far north as Maryland, southern Indiana and southern Iowa and central California. No. 50 from set of 50 Winter Birds of the Northeastern United States. Published by the National Association of Audubon Societies, 1974 Broadway, New York City. Price per set, in a box, $1.00 post paid

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