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Alvin Staffan Natural History Collection
Description: Two photographs document a northern mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos, feeding its young. The northern mockingbird is found throughout most of Ohio. Its name is derived from its ability to imitate sounds in its territory, including calls of other birds, insects, and frogs. The mockingbird is gray in color with a whitish gray underside, a dark back and dark wings. Females lay three to five eggs in the spring. The photographs measure 3" x 3" (7.62 x 7.62 cm). Mockingbird populations increased in the 1940s and 1950s when multiflora rose, a vine-like shrub rose, was introduced to provide erosion control and natural fencing for livestock. Multiflora rose has since been labeled a noxious weed due to its unstoppable growth. With the decline of multiflora rose, a food source for mockingbirds and other songbirds, and the harsh winters of 1976 and 1978, mockingbird populations have decreased in Ohio. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om3139_3780066_001
Subjects: Plants and Animals; Birds; Animal feeding
Places: Ohio