Mockingbirds and Thrashers
The family Mimidae includes 12 species found in North America.
Mockingbirds and Thrashers occur in open woods, gardens, edge and scrub. Mockingbirds are 23-29 cm in length and slender with long tails. Plumages are mainly gray or brownish-gray above, white below, often with white wing patches and white in the tail. "Wing-flashing" is a conspicuous behavior pattern that is used by mimines during foraging and in the presence of potential predators. One or both wings are rapidly and repeatedly opened and extended, sometimes the tail is fanned. Highly vocal with musical, complex songs, some mimic other birds. Food mainly insects and fruit. Nest a deep cup of grass, etc. in a bush or tree; 3-5 eggs, greenish-blue with brown markings.
Thrashers are rufous, brown or gray above, white or pale brownish below, some with dark spots, stripes or streaks, some unspotted or faintly so. Food is insects, other small animals, fruits, berries. Nests are open cups of twigs, grass, leaves, etc. on ground or in a bush or tree. Eggs 2-6, whitish, greenish-white, blue-green, spotted with reddish or unmarked.
Le Conte's Thrasher
Mockingbirds- Patuxent Bird ID Center