Mockingbird snacks out back
According to Tom Lodge, "the flora and fauna present when Columbus arrived in what he called the New World (the Western Hemisphere) had arrived in the region by their own modes of dispersal, and had succeeded based on their tolerance of the climate, the habitats, competition, and numerous other factors" (183). And that's why we encourage the use of native plants in your landscape—so the birds that depended on those plants for thousands of years before our houses and driveways and swimming pools and parking lots removed many of them can still have food and shelter as they go about their lives.
- M. polyglottos (Northern Mockingbird)
- M. gundlachii (Bahama Mockingbird)
- M. gilvus (Tropical Mockingbird)
- M. magnirostris (St. Andrew Mockingbird)
- M. saturninus (Chalk-browed Mockingbird)
- M. longicaudatus (Long-tailed Mockingbird)
- M. dorsalis (Brown-backed Mockingbird)
- M. triurus (White-banded Mockingbird)
- M. thenca (Chilean Mockingbird)
- M. patagonicus (Patagonian Mockingbird)
But Doughty's text is still spot-on: these birds, where they are found, seem to outnumber all other birds. Describing both abundance and behavior of this species, Doughty quotes Roy Bedicheck: "Bird survey statistics confirm [Bedichek's] belief that the mockers 'tyrannize over other bird life by weight of numbers as well as by individual prowess.' " (Doughty 19). My sore head from many years ago in California when I got too close to a nest can testify to their tyranny over human life as well as bird life! Usually, though, they're quite nice neighbors, with a pleasant voice and plenty to chat about. We get along. Hope you do, too! References Doughty, R.W. (1995). The Mockingbird. Austin, TX: U of Texas P. Lodge, T. (2010). The Everglades Handbook: Understanding the Ecosystem. 3rd ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.