Tranquil moment

Northern Mockingbirds are well known for their melodious non-stop singing. They are expert mimics of other birds, and are continuously adding to their repertoire of sounds. In fact, male Mockingbirds may learn more than 200 songs over a lifetime (All About Birds).img_5439But I caught this lovely Mockingbird just resting quietly on a branch at dusk the other evening, occasionally fluffing up its feathers, while gazing pensively out over the marsh.  img_5436Because of its beautiful voice, the Northern Mockingbird was once in danger of extinction as a result of the caged bird trade during the 1700-1800’s (Birds of North America, Eastern Region; All About Birds).

Unfortunately, many species are still threatened by the illegal exotic pet trade (All About BirdsBird Life International), but Mockingbirds can now be heard singing their hearts out in the wild throughout most of the US, and in parts of Canada and Mexico. The Mockingbird has the distinction of being the state bird of 5 states: Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.

26 thoughts on “Tranquil moment

  1. Thanks for sharing this BJ, I heard one sing on youtube, it appears to mimmick other bird calls, like some of our birds especially the lyrebird, which it reminds me of, I guess that’s why they call it a mockingbird. Lovely photos.

  2. What an all purpose and resilient bird. We see them everywhere. I love that they have such an eerie and seemingly impossible repertoire of song!
    Thanks

    • Thanks so much, Belinda. I don’t know whether I ever saw mockingbirds up north, but since I’ve lived in Florida, I see them all the time everywhere! Their almost constant singing is truly a pleasure~!

  3. Great post! I am such a fan of these birds. We have several living in our neighborhood and their songs are fascinating. At the salt marsh I once heard a Mockingbird imitating the Osprey call 🙂

  4. Great post, BJ. Although I am familiar with the threats of the ongoing illegal pet trade, I never knew the mockingbird population was once troubled by it. I love listening to the melodies of mockingbirds, each one is a sweet pleasure. How fortunate they are still prevalent.

    • Thanks, Jet! Interestingly, I would venture to say it wasn’t illegal at the time Mockingbirds were captured in the caged bird trade, as it was in the 1700 – 1800’s, before the laws that were created to protect birds.
      I agree with you – great description of their melodies !

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