Northern Mockingbird

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 10 May 2008
Scientific Name
Mimus polyglottos
  • Passeriformes
  • Mimidae
  • Mimus
  • M. polyglottos
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
8.3 to 10.2 inches
12.2 to 13.9 inches
1.6 to 2 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Sabiá-da-praia
Chinese (汉语) 小嘲鸫
Czech (Cesky) Drozdec Mnohohlasý
Danish (Dansk) Nordlig Spottedrossel
Dutch (Nederlands) Spotlijster
Finnish (Suomi) Taiturimatkija
French (Français) Moqueur Polyglotte
German (Deutsch) Spottdrossel
Italian (Italiano) Mimo Poliglotto
Japanese (日本語) マネシツグミ (Maneshitsugumi)
Korean (한국어) 북부흉내지빠귀 (Bukbuhyungnaejippagwi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Sangspottefugl
Polish (Polski) Przedrzezniacz Pólnocny
Russian (русский язык) Многоголосый пересмешник
Spanish (Español) Cenzontle
Swedish (Svenska) Nordlig Härmtrast
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