Northern Mockingbird Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A medium-sized songbird, a bit more slender than a thrush and with a longer tail. Mockingbirds have small heads, a long, thin bill with a hint of a downward curve, and long legs. Their wings are short, rounded, and broad, making the tail seem particularly long in flight.

    Relative Size

    Slightly larger than a Gray Catbird

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 8.3-10.2 in (21-26 cm)
      • Weight: 1.6-2.0 oz (45-58 g)
      • Wingspan: 12.2-13.8 in (31-35 cm)