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Texas State Bird

 Mockingbird - click to see all state bird symbols
Northern mockingbird; photo © Bob Miller: Southwest Birders
(used by permission). All State Birds - National Bird.

Mockingbird

Mockingbird video

Texas designated the mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) as official state bird in 1927. Northern Mockingbirds have extraordinary vocal abilities - they can sing up to 200 songs, including the songs of other birds, insect and amphibian sounds, even an occasional mechanical noise. The northern mockingbird is also the state bird of Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi.

The Texas legislature noted that the mockingbird:

"...is found in all parts of the State, in winter and
in summer, in the city and in the country, on the prairie and in the woods and hills...is a singer of distinctive type, a fighter for the protection of his home, falling, if need be, in its defense, like any true Texan..."

Mockingbird - click to see all state birds
Northern mockingbird singing on mesquite branch; photo © Henry Detwiler / Southwest Birders (used by permission). All State Birds.
Source:
All About Birds: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Northern Mockingbird: Passport to Texas
Links:
Endangered Birds in Texas: Texas Parks & Wildlife
Sound: A Brief Guide to Common Birds
All State Birds - National Bird


    

 

Texas Symbols & Icons:

air force - tie
footwear - music  
artist - bird
bread - cooking  
dinosaur - dog  
dish - snack
fabric - tartan
folk dance
fish - insect
flag - pledge
flower - plant
gem - stone
hall of fame
instrument
 

mammal 1-2-3  
sport - vehicle
metal - molecule
name - nickname
pastry 1 2 - nut
pepper 1-2 - fruit
plays - railroad
reptile - shell
seal -quarter - motto
ship -tall ship
shrub 1-2
song 1-2
tree -grass -soil
vegetable
 

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