Mockingbirds: Versatile Voices in Plain Plumage

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Mockingbirds: Versatile Voices in Plain Plumage

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.   (Ecclesiastes 10:20)

King Solomon warned us!  Some birds are like winged tape recorders, capable of imitating the speech of human voices, vocal calls of other birds, diverse sounds of construction equipment, and even the beeping noise of a clock alarm.  Parrots are so famous for repeating human speech that we use the word “parrot” as a metaphoric verb, for repeating what someone else says.

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Northern Mockingbird   (photo credit: Ryan Hagerty / USF&WS)

The official state bird of Texas is a famous mimic, as its name suggests: MOCKINGBIRD

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  1. tamargladtidings

    An interesting fact about mocking birds is that they are one of very few birds that sing at night. The males who do NOT have a mate, sing every song they know in hopes that his serenade will entice a mate to him. Once he has a mate, he no longer sings at night. God created everything to have a mate, and the Mocking bird does his best to follow directions… do we?

  2. Lee

    Thanks for sharing this blog.