Northern Mockingbird


(Mimus polyglottos)

Northern Mockingbird is a familar, widespread mimic that can often be seen melodiously singing, sometimes incessantly, from a conspicuous high perch such as a rooftop.  It is common in residential neighborhoods and amazingly can mimic the songs of up to 100 other species, hence the apt name “mockingbird.” It can also be very aggressive and will attack other birds and even humans who inadvertently wander too close to its concealed nest.  Northern Mockingbird is the state bird of Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee. The combination of gray color, long tail, and flashy white wing patches make it very easy to identify in flight.

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