Mockingbird

Florida State Bird

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Northern mockingbird

Northern mockingbird photo © Bob Miller / Southwest Birders (all rights reserved; used by permission).

Mockingbird

Florida designated the mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) as the 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 Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi.

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Images

Northern Mockingbird; posing on a post.  Photo by Jack Wolf/Flickr (Use Permitted with Attribution/No Derivative Works).

Northern Mockingbird posing on a post

Northern Mockingbird; flashing wings and tail in aerial mating display.  Photo by Ken Slade/Flickr (Noncommercial Use Permitted with Attribution).

Northern Mockingbird in aerial mating display

Videos

Mockingbird Singing