Pity the poor mockingbird. They are despised for singing all night, chided for being a bully at the feeders, and killed in the title of a famous novel. Surely no bird deserves such persecution? Sadly, the list of injustices that mockingbirds have to suffer through has a new addition: the mange. Poor, poor, mangy mockingbird.
It is pitiful, isn’t it? But still not as pitiful as a mangy dog! 😀
He does look mangy, but its not mange. He’s going through his post juvenal molt. You can still see some of the spots on his breast from his juvenal plumage. Adults and juv. mockers here (No. Calif) usually look this way at summers end and early fall when they begin their molt.