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Northern Mockingbird

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The Northern Mockingbird is the third most used species for the designated State Bird in five of the U.S.’s fifty states.

Those five states are:  Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.

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Northern Mockingbirds

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Northern Mockingbird

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Northern Mockingbird

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Northern Mockingbirds are known to sing several hundred different songs.  In addition to mimicking the calls of other birds, Northern Mockingbirds have been known to imitate other animals (dogs, insects, frogs, toads) and manmade noises like music and machinery.

John James Audubon was so in awe of this bird’s singing ability, he wrote of the Northern Mockingbird in Birds of America, “There is probably no bird in the world that possesses all the musical qualifications of this king of song, who has derived all from Nature’s self.” 

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Northern Mockingbird landing

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Northern Mockingbird defending its territory from the sparrows below

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Northern Mockingbird

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