what kind of bird is it?

It looks and sounds like a mockingbird. Same size, body type, vocalizations. Except ours are a rusty, cinnamon color. They live with/among our easily identified Northern Mockingbirds. Is there a color variation I am not aware of? Or is this a completely different species?

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  • 8 years ago
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    Well, depending on where you live it might be another species of a Thrasher or Mimidae, Brown Thrasher in particular.


    Nothing is quite as terrific at mimicking as a mocker. Catbird comes close at times.

    A picture would help.

  • 8 years ago

    Is this what you are seeing? A brown thrasher.


    Thrashers tend to stay closer to the ground than mockingbirds.

    Sometimes a mockingbird will be slightly browner than typical but I have never seen one that I would ever refer to as cinnamon or rusty colored. Often a tannish grey, but not a true brown.

  • 8 years ago

    If it looks like a mockingbird, and sounds like a mockingbird, then it is probably a mockingbird. Mockingbirds are sometimes rusty colored. Not all of them are gray. They are also highly territorial. Mockingbirds will defend their territory against most other birds, and the reason they imitate the songs of so many is an attempt to keep as many species of birds as possible from their territory. Birds call to either attract mates or to keep other birds of the same species out of their territories. By imitating dozens, even hundreds of calls, the mockingbird is trying to keep all of these species out. If the bird you saw lives within the territory of another mockingbird, then it is almost certainly the mate of a mockingbird. If not, then it will be expelled by the resident in no time. Below is a cinnamon colored mockingbird:


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