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Mockingbirds and Thrashers – Family Mimidae
A talented vocalist with over known 1,000 song types, the Brown Thrasher occasionally mimics songs of other species, though not as often as the Northern Mockingbird is known to do. Brown Thrasher territories are maintained not only during the breeding season, but in the winter as well.
Pigeons and Doves – Family Columbidae
While the Red-winged Blackbird probably tops it, the Mourning Dove is one of the most abundant and widespread birds in North America. Mourning Doves are resident across much of their range, though northern birds move south in the winter, and the species often turns up at bird feeders.
The Common Ground-Dove is a very small, mostly sedentary dove of open, shrubby habitats from the southernmost U.S. to the south. Common Ground-Dove pairs mate for life, and can nest in almost any month of the year.
Common Ground-Doves have a number of displays involving the position of their wings. These displays can serve as a warning, as a courtship ritual, or as a territorial claim. Territories are maintained year-round, and it is therefore uncommon to see flocks of Common-Ground-Doves.
Towhees and Sparrows – Family Emberizidae
The Spotted Towhee is a medium-sized bird that is native to North America. It is a member of the Emberizidae family and is commonly found in brushy or wooded areas.
The Spotted Towhee is distinctive in appearance, with a rounded body, long tail, and large, round head. The bird’s plumage is primarily black, with white spots on its back and white underparts. It has a reddish-brown patch on its back and rump, and its eyes are large and dark.
In terms of behavior, the Spotted Towhee is generally a shy and solitary bird, although it may form small flocks during the non-breeding season. It is known for its loud, clear, and musical trill, which it uses to communicate with other birds. The Spotted Towhee is also an active forager, using its strong, sharp bill to dig into the ground for insects and seeds.
The White-throated Sparrow is a medium-sized bird that is commonly found in North America. It is a member of the Passerellidae family and is often seen in wooded areas, gardens, and parks.
The White-throated Sparrow is recognizable by its distinctive appearance, which includes a white throat, yellow lores (the area between the eyes and bill), and a rusty-brown crown with a white stripe down the center. The bird’s underparts are white, while its upperparts are gray and brown with black and white streaks. It also has a distinctive, three-noted song that is often heard in the woods and forests where it lives.
The Dark-eyed Junco is a small bird that is native to North America. It is a member of the Emberizidae family and is commonly found in wooded areas, forests, and suburban gardens.
It is easily recognizable by its distinctive appearance, which includes a rounded body, short, conical bill, and a distinctive, dark eye. The bird’s plumage is gray or brown on the upperparts, with white or pale gray underparts. Some subspecies of Dark-eyed Junco have a distinctive rust-colored patch on the back or head.