They are a member of the mimid family, which also includes mocking birds and thrashers, so they are able to mimic other birds calls, often combining several mimicked calls to create a call of their own. The males are typically the ones that use these vocal abilities, usually to advertise their territory and warn other males away. Their territory usually consists of brushy areas with plenty of under growth in the eastern portions of North America. During the winter they migrate south down into Central America and the northern tip of South America. This one was photographed in Hyland Park near the Richardson Nature Center.