Tennessee State Bird


Northern mockingbird

Northern mockingbird; photo by Dawn Ellner on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).


Tennessee designated the mockingbird (genus Mimus polyglottos) as the official state bird in 1933, selected through an election conducted by the Tennessee Ornithological Society. Northern Mockingbirds are related to the brown thrasher and the catbird.

Mockingbirds have extraordinary vocal abilities - they can sing up to 200 songs, including their own melodious songs, the songs of other birds, insect and amphibian sounds, even an occasional mechanical noise. The mockingbird is considered one of the finest songbirds in northern America.

The northern mockingbird is also the state bird of Florida, Arkansas, Texas, and Mississippi.



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

Northern mockingbird

Northern mockingbird; photo by Henry T. McLin on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Northern mockingbird


Northern Mockingbird Sings