Mimics are medium-sized birds known for their habit of expertly imitating other bird songs. They have long, rounded tails; slender, decurved bills; short wings; and are usually gray or brown. Songs are loud and repetitous. They make their home in thickets, along fencerows, and in residential gardens. The diet consists of berries and insects.
Traditionally the mockingbird was a bird south of the magnolias, but after farmers began planting multiflora rose hedges many became year-round Ohio residents. Severe winters, however, are hard on Northern "mockers." They are now considered uncommon to fairly common residents.
• Peak Breeding Activity: spring and early summer
• Incubation: 11-14 days
• Clutch Size: 2-6 eggs
• Young Fledge: 10-12 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: insects, berries, and seeds