Birds of the Week # 48

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) is a medium-sized New World sparrow. Among the native sparrows in North America, it is easily one of the most abundant, variable and adaptable species. A 2022 study by Duke University also found that male song sparrows memorize a 30-minute long playlist of their songs and use that information to curate both their current playlist and the following one. The findings suggest that male song sparrows deliberately shuffle and repeat their songs possibly to keep a female’s attention.

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is a mockingbird commonly found in North America. This bird is mainly a permanent resident, but northern birds may move south during harsh weather. The northern mockingbird is known for its intelligence. A 2009 study showed that the bird was able to recognize individual humans, particularly noting those who had previously been intruders or threats. Also birds recognize their breeding spots and return to areas in which they had greatest success in previous years. Urban birds are more likely to demonstrate this behavior.

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler  (Setophaga pinus) is a small songbird of the New World warbler family. They forage slowly on tree trunks and branches by poking their bill into pine cones. These birds also find food by searching for it on the ground. These birds mainly eat insects, seeds and berries.

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

9 thoughts on “Birds of the Week # 48

  1. Hmmmm…I looked up Pine Warblers, and found that they are common in Massachusetts, but found high in the pines of the woodlands. I’ll be on the lookout! Happy Spring!

  2. While the Song Sparrow and Northern Mockingbird’s colours are more cryptic – probably blending very well with their natural environment – the bright Pine Warbler does not seem at all concerned about camouflage!

    • I’m always intrigued by that. Why being so obvious and to be found by predators. However, there must be a reason. Perhaps their nemesis predator can’t see that particular color. Great question, D. 🙂

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