The Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is a short-winged bird with a long tail that sings loudly and is an excellent mimic. Mockingbirds eat insects that are pests to humans. These insects include beetles, ants, wasps and grasshoppers. They also disperse the seeds of many plants. Though the species is abundant, like all birds it is susceptible to habitat loss. The species is protected by the US Migratory Bird Act. Mockingbirds breed in the spring and early summer. It tends to nest in trees and shrubs that are low to the ground. Local mockingbirds were thus at risk from the abrupt removal of 91 trees on Butano during the 2015 nesting season.