Mimidae - Mockingbirds
Mockingbirds are a family of American birds noted for their ability to mimic other birds, and indeed, many other noises. Thrush sized with long tails, they spend most of their time hopping around in the undergrowth, feeding mostly on invertebrates, but also fruit and berries. Most species are rather drably coloured being brownish above and pale below. They generally live in pairs, but in some species young from previous broods will remain near the nest and help raise subsequent broods.
Three species have turned up in Britain, though only an very few times each.
Upland bird recording and monitoring (1-day, Dalmellington, Ayr)
Brush up on your upland bird identification by songs and calls. Learn more about opportunities for participation, and practice techniques for BirdTrack and the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS). Find out about the BBS ‘Upland...
Citizen Science in Shetland
BTO volunteer Hugh Tooby shares his journey through Shetland as part of the Upland Rovers scheme.