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 1915, a tragic fire at the Presidio claimed the lives of General Pershing’s wife and his three daughters. Pershing's son, Francis Warren, survived the blaze and chose to enlist in the army as a private during World War II. By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of major.