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).But 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. Because 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 Birds; Bird 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.