Feed a baby mockingbird

What to Feed a Baby Mockingbird? Here is the Answer!

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Written by Clinton Atkins / Fact Checked by George Dukes

If you just saved a baby mockingbird from being lost on the street and you don’t know what to feed it properly, then this article on what to feed a baby mockingbird is for you.

Imagine: You’re wandering in parks and forests, or even in your neighborhood, and suddenly you see a tiny mockingbird lying on the street or out of nowhere, falling down from the sky.

You wouldn’t have the heart to ignore it, would you? So, you bring the poor and lovely baby bird home with a desire to take the best baby mocking bird care and a huge question in your head:

Table of Contents

  • What Food I Can Feed the Baby Mockingbird
  • Feed the Baby Mockingbird Based on Stages of Development
    • 1. Cat food
    • 2. Mealworms
    • 3. Others
  • Tips to Feed Baby Mockingbirds Properly
  • Conclusion

What Food I Can Feed the Baby Mockingbird

Well, in short, moist cat food and mealworms are what baby mockingbirds commonly eat. However, you should know that, there are three stages of development of a baby mockingbird:

Stages 1: Hatchling: eyes closed and fuzzy.

Stages 2: Nestling: eyes open, fuzzy and feathers beginning to grow.

Stages 3: Fledgling: feathered and starting to explore outside the nest.

What you feed a baby bird depends on its stage of development.

Feed the Baby Mockingbird Based on Stages of Development

1. Cat food

Cat food is popularly used to feed mockingbirds. For babies, you need to soak the cat food in water overnight to soften them.

Apart from feeding them with plain cat food, you can mix in banana, cereal and fruit-based baby food. Each should be softened and everything should blend well together. The quantity of which you can add to the original cat food is up to you.

Since a baby mockingbird has an extremely tiny mouth, feeding it with a syringe is absolutely necessary. Cat food can be fed to baby birds from the very first stage of development: hatchling.

I recommend buying cat food from Purina, Whiska, Applaws, etc. Remember to choose cat food from prestigious brands so the baby mockingbird can absorb valuable fat, protein and vitamins, which they need all year round. You also need to be aware of the risk of leaving cat food near the baby mockingbirds, as it might attract cats nearby and leave the baby bird in danger.

2. Mealworms

Insects, such as mealworms, are suitable for baby mockingbirds because they are very nutritious. These worms contain more than 50 percent of protein.

You need to find mini worms, which are smaller than average sized worms by one-third, so the baby birds can easily eat them. If you can not find any, then you should crush the worms and mix them with some water so it is easier for the baby mockingbirds to swallow.

A tweezer or a small pair of scissors can be used to feed the baby birds. However, you need to be careful because their mouths are very small and metal tools can easily hurt them. Don’t forget to be slow and gentle during the feeding process.

Either alive or dry worms are fine but alive worms attract baby mockingbirds slightly more than dry ones do. However, you can soak dry worms in water and it will attract the baby bird as usual.

You can easily purchase dry worms from any store. Popular brands like Kaytee, Brown’s, and Pennington are highly recommended. Furthermore, it is not suggested to feed baby birds in the hatchling stage with worms. It is best to feed worms from the nestling stage and onwards.

3. Others

As baby mockingbirds grow really fast, specifically in the fledgling stage and older, they will soon want to discover the world outside. So, you need to feed them something that they can find in nature.

Start introducing leaves, crushed seeds, and chopped vegetables, such as peas,corn and even other insects like crickets. As long as the baby bird is in the fledgling stage or older, it can eat these kinds of food. Therefore, you need to observe the baby mockingbird carefully to see if it’s the right time.

Tips to Feed Baby Mockingbirds Properly
  • Make sure the food is spongy, small enough to fit the baby bird’s mouth, and at room temperature.
  • Do not give them too much water because the food I mentioned is already soaked in water. They will gain enough moisture from the food.
  • Remember to feed them every hour.
  • Do not feed them: milk, kitchen waste, pet bird food, whole dry birdseed, and bread.
  • Keep in mind that feeding a baby mockingbird too much is worse than skipping the meal. It is best to stop feeding when the baby bird no longer opens its mouth for food.
  • After 4 weeks, the baby birds can eat on their own. You can leave the food on a tray near them.


To sum up, the baby mocking bird food depends on the stage of development that they’re in. It varies from moist cat food, optional mixture of cat food to small insects like mealworms and crickets. Don’t forget to feed the baby mockingbirds moderately and stay away from things they cannot eat, which I mentioned above.

If you’re not sure whether you can or have time to feed them properly, you can call a wildlife rehabilitator or a local animal shelter. They have the best skills and training to offer the best baby mockingbird care.

Hopefully, this article on what to feed a baby mockingbird is helpful to you, and good luck on your experience.

Also, some other birds and their’s baby with their typical food that you might want to learn more, such as:

  • Dodo birds food
  • Baby pigeons food

Clinton Atkins


Hi, I'm Clinton. Rocky and I became friends after a birdwatching trip with our new group. And we have been enjoying every adventure together. When he told me the idea of establishing a site that shares our experiences and fun, I immediately agreed. After trials and errors, here we have Thayerbirding.

How to Feed a Baby Mockingbird

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If you are into backyard birding for a long time, chances are you have seen a baby mockingbird lost and was abandoned by his parents. Seeing a helpless fledgling bird is a chance for you to save an animal who wants to survive and grow with nature. Having said that, taking care of a baby mockingbird can never be easy as it involves many works, including feeding it on your own.

But how to feed a baby mockingbird? To the more experienced birder, providing a baby mockingbird will be easy, but it can be difficult and odd at first to those unfamiliar. The unusual feeling can be understandable, but once you know the basics and you will be used to it, things will be easy and exciting at the same time. This article will show the proper ways to feed a baby mockingbird and help the bird survive despite being abandoned by his parents.


  • Why Feed a Baby Mockingbird?
  • Feeding a Baby Mockingbird: The Right Way
  • Conclusion

Why Feed a Baby Mockingbird?

A baby mockingbird needs to be feed if the animal is abandoned by his parents. If you happen to see a fledgling bird alone and feel abandoned, do not pick him immediately. Wait for some hours from a distance and observe to see if her mother will return. If it does not, then it’s time for you to rescue the baby bird while finding a wildlife organization that can take care of the small bird.

If your place does not have a wildlife organization, then it’s time for you to take care of the bird on your own. You can place the small bird in a small covered box, but please built small holes on the cover and kept it warm. Make sure to put the box in an excellent location but do not give him food just yet.

As I’ve said earlier, finding a wildlife rehabilitator is the best way to help an abandoned baby mockingbird. If you cannot do so, you need to learn how to feed a baby mockingbird and prepare food that provides similar nutritional value to its natural food.

Feeding a Baby Mockingbird: The Right Way

Knowing what to feed to a baby mocking bird is essential for you to provide the food that the bird needs. Honestly, baby mockingbirds have a very demanding and challenging diet. Depending on their species and age, the birds can consume food every 10 to 20 minutes for 14 hours a day. They are very active while consuming foods which is full of protein source that ensures healthy growth.

Of course, a mockingbird has different dietary needs compared to the other birds. Should the time come that you cannot connect with wildlife rescue, the need to feed the mockingbird and serve for emergency rations should be considered. In connection with this situation, it is essential to know that baby mockingbirds have different needs than their adult counterparts. You cannot just feed them the same way you do an adult bird in your backyard.

Foods that I recommend for baby mocking birds are hard-boiled eggs, moist dog food, raw liver, moistened dog biscuits, and moistened dog or cat kibble. You might also avoid foods that are still inappropriate for the bird’s age, such as water, milk, pet bird food, worms, kitchen scraps, bread, and other bread products. It should be noted that as the bird will become mature, the more adult food it can eat without affecting or harming its tiny body.

Making a baby mockingbird formula and feeding them

I always feel that feeding a baby mockingbird is easy if you know what to do. They have this character of quickly learning and familiarizing that you are actually there for them and to give them food. Hand feeding them means that you might need to pry their beaks open at first while putting the food carefully.

For a baby mockingbird food recipe, try to create a food formula that includes a hard-boiled egg, dried cat food, and half of the eggshell. The eggshell should be grounded, and two teaspoons are enough for the mixture. At first, you will need to mix the hard-boiled egg and the cat food until the mixture becomes powdery but not slushy. If you want to do some varieties, adding other ingredients is doable such as grated carrots, cooked ground beef, apple sauce, cooked chicken, and other allowed foods.

The food formula should be kept refrigerated all the time. Should you want to feed the tiny bird, set aside a few amounts and let it dry. You can use the oven for less than five seconds to eliminate the coldness. But please, do not serve the food cold, or else you might kill the cute little one. Feeding can be challenging for the first time, but I feel that this is an easy thing to learn based on my experience before.

Feeding a Baby Mockingbird

During the early stage of the feeding, you might want to pry those cuttle little beaks apart to put the food. You must be very careful and gentle when doing it since you are dealing with a tiny bird that is just starting to grow. Patience is the key during the early days; as time goes by, the baby bird will get the idea of your presence as the one who is feeding him. You can even develop a routine of creating a sound every time you give food to the baby bird.

The frequency of the feeding should be every two hours or so. There will also be a time that he will create a signal and inform you that he is hungry. As time goes by, you will create a connection with the bird, and both of you will create a routine to make it easy for you during the feeding. After that, wait for them to mature before eventually release them to the outside.


Learning how to feed a baby mockingbird can be an excellent skill to learn as a birder. If you happen to like watching these birds in your garden or have a passion for these animals, feeding them can be a worthwhile experience. But, it is the chance of giving them the chance to live that offers complete satisfaction in rescuing and providing a baby mockingbird.

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How to feed the found chick, how many times a day

If you find a chick, the first thing you need to do is determine its species. Feeding granivorous, insectivorous and predatory chicks have their own differences. But in the early stages of feeding, you can use the same feeding methods, and then, after finding out what kind of bird you found, transfer the chick to the appropriate feeding.

Here is one of the most common feeding options for granivorous and insectivorous chicks. This nutrient mixture is well used for feeding for chicks and fledglings from the passerine family. To prepare our mixture, we need the following products: Boiled egg, low-fat cottage cheese, raw carrots, meat (beef, chicken, turkey), greens (lettuce, dandelion leaves, wood lice), hamarus and daphnia, Calcium gluconate (shell from boiled eggs) glycerophosphate , children's dry dairy-free porridge or boiled millet (without salt and fat on the water).

Action one. Boil the egg, free from the shell. We free the shell from the shell film. Grind the egg as much as possible, you can use a grater with small holes.

Second step. Boiled meat, it is better to take the pulp from the breast of a turkey or chicken and also chop or divide into fibers. The mixture will require meat 40 (for granivorous) and 60 grams (for insectivorous).

Third step. Take washed carrots of a small size, grate them on a fine grater, then squeeze the juice and we will use the remaining pulp.

Fourth step. We take not sour and not fatty cottage cheese. Cottage cheese should have 0% fat content, anything above is considered fat for poultry. We need 90-110 grams of cottage cheese. Sour cottage cheese must be boiled twice changing the water and then it will be suitable.

Step five. You can use greens to add the mixture, but you can do without it for the chicks. And so you can take the greens listed above, chop and add 1.5 teaspoons to the mixture.

Action six. To the above ingredients, add 1.5 -2 tsp. dairy-free porridge or boiled millet (well boiled, without salt and fat in the water).

Step seven. To the mixture we add the shell from the boiled egg, which must first be ground in a coffee grinder, plus one fourth of the crushed tablet of glycerophosphate. If it is not possible to find glycerophosphate, then you can purchase bone meal and add one fourth tsp. in powder form. At the very least, the shells are enough for now.

Step eight. We take chopped hamarus and daphnia and add about 1 tsp to the resulting mixture. Then we mix everything, it turns out a very thick, crumbly porridge, it should not stick to the fingers. If the mixture is sticky, you can add dairy-free porridge or powdered cereals.

From the resulting mixture we roll small balls no larger than a small pea, focus on the size of the chick's beak. You can feed 2-5 balls at a time and after each feeding drink plain water from an insulin syringe with a removable needle (without a needle) 4-6 drops. A week-old chick should be fed every 1-1.5 hours, older than two weeks of age every 2-4 hours, at three and four weeks of age you can feed 3-4 times a day. Do not forget that the chick is growing and, accordingly, one-time portions of food are growing. A very important point, do not forget to warm the chicks, because at their age they themselves cannot maintain normal body temperature. Warming up promotes better assimilation of feed. Don't forget to control your chick's weight. If possible, show the chick to a specialist. To control the work of the intestines, you can take the litter from the chick for a coprogram, this is an analysis of the digestibility of the feed.

Take care and love your feathered friends and they will love you back.

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bird photo, general description, features

They love to sing, often in the wee hours of the morning, repeating the tune over and over again, and sometimes repeat what they hear: dogs barking, sirens, gates creaking or other birds singing. A study by the Audubon Society in Massachusetts cataloged 36 songs of other birds in a single bird's repertoire.

The Songbird (Latin Mimus polyglottos) is one of the most common birds found in most of the continental United States south of Mexico. Also found in the Caribbean.

Considered one of the finest songbirds in North America, the Mockingbird loves to imitate many other birds, insects, animals, machines, and even musical instruments. His songs consist of phrases that are repeated 2 to 6 times. Males sing more often than females. During the breeding season, they sing day and night and are especially loud. The Mockingbird sings very different songs in autumn than in spring.


  • 1 What do they look like?
  • 2 What do they eat?
  • 3 Violent defenders of personal boundaries
  • 4 Mating ritual, reproduction and life cycle

What do they look like?

The Mockingbird is a medium sized bird and can reach 20 to 28 cm in length and weigh 40 to 56 grams. Their body is slender, with a long tail. Males are slightly larger than females, but otherwise they look the same.

Mockingbird has gray plumage on its back and pale gray or white on its belly. The tail is black, with a border of white feathers. There are two white stripes on the wings, which become noticeable during flight. Wingspan, 12 to 15 inches. The feathered has a short thin straight black beak and long legs. The eyes are yellowish green, yellow or orange. The Mockingbird is a diurnal bird (active during the day).

What do they eat?

Mockingbird is omnivorous. In spring and summer it feeds on insects and worms, sometimes small lizards, and in autumn and winter - fruits and berries.

These birds have adapted well to living together with humans. They will always be attracted to the courtyard of the house, an open lawn, trees with fruits and almost any shrub with berries. The fact that they love fresh fruits and vegetables doesn't exactly make them gardeners' friends, although they do eat a lot of insects and benefit from that.

Mockingbirds do not like to eat from feeders, and although they sometimes take lard or sunflower seeds and nuts from it, more often these birds collect insects and seeds around. The local population compares these birds with themselves, saying that mockingbirds, like the Americans, are hardworking, brave and daring. The bird is considered the official symbol of 6 states.

Vicious defenders of personal boundaries

Mockingbirds fiercely guard their territory. They can often be seen pecking at other birds, cats, dogs, and even humans that enter their territory or come too close to the nest.

Mockingbirds are very intelligent birds. They are able to identify people, especially those that have tried to destroy their nests. These birds often raise and lower their wings high and low to scare insects, snakes and impress their fellows.

Mating ritual, reproduction and life cycle

Mockingbirds breed in spring and early summer. These birds are monogamous, the couple stays together for life.

Males arrive first and occupy the territory. These city dwellers are not shy about nesting in backyards. When the females arrive, the males, displaying their chosen location and their wings, fly around and sing as part of a courtship ritual.

Scientists have found that female mockingbirds are more attracted to males, which can make a variety of sounds. Males make nests, and females cover them with leaves or soft grass.

Fruit trees or berry bushes are excellent nesting sites that look like an open bowl made from twigs. Female mockingbirds lay two to six pale blue or greenish white eggs, spotted with reddish brown.

The female incubates the eggs for approximately 2 weeks. Both parents are involved in feeding and raising the chicks. About 10 days after emerging from the egg, the chicks become independent. In a year they reach sexual maturity.

Under ideal conditions, these birds will produce two to three broods per year. The females often build a new nest while the males finish feeding the growing chicks and teaching them how to fly.

Mockingbird lives about 8 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.

Urbanization and the planting of multi-flowered roses (their favorite food) encourages the spread of mockingbirds in the wild.

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