• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Northern Mockingbird

(Mimus polyglottos)
 
Northern Mockingbird
A Northern Mockingbird observes its territory on the Main Post.
Will Elder, NPS
 

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.
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