This highly social -- yet drab-looking bird -- lives in close-knit groups of 6 to 20 birds. They are often, however, seen in groups of 12; hence their name, referring to the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ.
Apostlebirds (sometimes called squarkers) are active and often make quite a commotion, especially if squabbles erupt between different families over territory. On the other hand, they are loyal and friendly within their group, helping raise young, defend territory and find food.
A family of apostlebirds lives in our garden. Their noisy chatter is a happy sound as they forage for food and talk amongst themselves. Most people enjoy the outward-going friendliness of apostlebirds, a characteristic so typical of the community of Mitchell.