Natural History: The Mockingbird feeds on insects, earthworms, snails, and berries. It both perches and nests above ground level. This bird defends its breeding territories from mid-February to late September. The males can be heard singing loudly day or night in the spring and summer.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this bird is found in oak woodlands, forests of willow and eucalyptus, and ornamental areas. It breeds on the Presidio grounds.
Frequency: This species is common all year in the Presidio.
Identifying Characteristics: This bird has a grayish color that is darker above and lighter below. It can be noted for white patches on its wings and tail.
Did You Know?
In the aftermath of a tragic fire that killed four family members of General John Pershing, the army built a fire station at the Presidio. The new Presidio Fire Station was the first on any U.S. Army post to house a permanent fire company with trained firefighters.