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 27 September 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
8.3 to 10.2 inches
12.2 to 13.9 inches
1.6 to 2 ounces

Range

International Names

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