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About the Northern Mockingbird

Also known as: Common Mockingbird

The Northern Mockingbird is the only one of 17 global species of mockingbirds found in North America. It breeds in North America from southeastern Canada to the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Greater Antilles. Further south it is replaced by its closest living relative, the Tropical Mockingbird.

Northern Mockinbirds are best known for imitating other birds. It imitates not only birds but also other animals and mechenical sounds such as car alarms.

It is the state bird of Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 10 May 2008
Scientific Name Mimus polyglottos
  • Passeriformes
  • Mimidae
  • Mimus
  • M. polyglottos
Birdorable Family Thrushes & Mimids
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 26 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
8.3 to 10.2 inches
12.2 to 13.9 inches
1.6 to 2 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Sabiá-da-praia (Brazilian)
  • 小嘲鸫 (Chinese)
  • Drozdec Mnohohlasý (Czech)
  • Nordlig Spottedrossel (Danish)
  • Spotlijster (Dutch)
  • Taiturimatkija (Finnish)
  • Moqueur Polyglotte (French)
  • Spottdrossel (German)
  • Mimo Poliglotto (Italian)
  • マネシツグミ (Maneshitsugumi) (Japanese)
  • 북부흉내지빠귀 (Bukbuhyungnaejippagwi) (Korean)
  • Sangspottefugl (Norwegian)
  • Przedrzezniacz Pólnocny (Polish)
  • Многоголосый пересмешник (Russian)
  • Cenzontle (Spanish)
  • Nordlig Härmtrast (Swedish)

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