Fun Mockingbird Facts For Kids

Oluwatosin Michael
Nov 01, 2022 By Oluwatosin Michael
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Chandan Shukla
Here are northern Mockingbird facts bout these north American birds.

Do you like watching the sight of birds flying together? There are different birds that we can spot when we look at them, but sometimes it may get confusing to recognize which bird it is. A northern Mockingbird (mimus polyglottos) is a bird that belongs to the mimidae family, order passeriformes, and class aves.

Mockingbird sounds include whistles, rasps, and trills. As per research, unmated Mockingbirds sing more than the Mockingbirds who have already mated. The Cornell lab of Ornithology is regarded as the authority on these birds.

Northern Mockingbirds are popularly known for mimicking the sound of other birds and also the sounds of insects and amphibians as well. Mockingbirds make music for us to enjoy and are meant to represent the idea of innocence.

Northern Mockingbirds are bold in nature, and there are chances that they might attack birds that are larger than their size.

Here are some fun facts about the northern Mockingbird for you to enjoy. After reading these Texas Mockingbird facts, you may also look at great green macaw facts and secretary bird facts.

Mockingbird Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Mockingbird?

A northern Mockingbird is a type of bird which symbolizes innocence and beauty in the novel. Mockingbirds just sing, and people enjoy their music. Northern Mockingbirds have sharp memories and remember people who threaten their nests. It belongs to mimidae family, order passeriformes, and genus chordata.

What class of animal does a Mockingbird belong to?

Mockingbirds belong to the class of Aves. Northern Mockingbird can remember and recognize people even in crowds.

How many Mockingbirds are there in the world?

There is no accurate number as to how many Mockingbirds there are in the world, but there are around 17 species in two genera. The species are more in number, so there is no correct estimate of how many Mockingbirds there are in the world.

Where does a Mockingbird live?

Northern Mockingbird species prefer to live in the forest edges and the open areas when these common birds fly in open areas. These North American birds are mainly found on tall shrubs and tree branches in the backyards, forests, or parks.

What is a Mockingbird's habitat?

The North American Mockingbird’s habitat encompasses open areas that have trees that are sparse and also are low shrubbery. Their favorite habitats are thickets, scrub forests, grasslands, savannas, forest edges, and desert edges.

Who do Mockingbirds live with?

Mockingbirds are monogamous in nature and usually prefer to hang out alone or in pairs instead of hanging out in groups. Northern Mockingbirds will stay in pair with each other throughout their life.

How long does a Mockingbird live?

The Mockingbird’s lifespan is eight years, but there are records that captive northern Mockingbirds have lived for up to 20 years. The lifespan of the northern Mockingbird depends on different factors which include their habitat, surroundings, food, and threats

How do they reproduce?

It is common for the male Mockingbirds to mate with more than two females. The breeding pair are meant to stay together for a whole breeding season and it even goes on for many years in some cases.

The male tries to pursue the female, and then the male tries to entice her back by spreading its wings and giving soft calls. After the pair is confirmed, then the songs are shortened and more subdued.

Once the mating is done, the female then female lays 3-5 eggs in the nest. Both parents take care of the eggs till they hatch.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of Mockingbirds is of the least concern as there are many species of the bird. There is nothing to worry about when thinking about the conservation status of the northern Mockingbird as this species are safe and their population is not declining. The Cornell lab of Ornithology has been monitoring this species for many years.

Mockingbird Fun Facts

What do Mockingbirds look like?

Mockingbirds are described as birds who have small heads, long and thin bill with a curve that is downward, and long legs. The wings of the Mockingbirds are short, rounded, and broad.

The tail is long in their flight. These common birds are medium in size and are also known as songbirds, and have color from gray to brown. These birds have white on the upper as well as the lower surfaces, which can be seen when their wings are stretched out.

Northern mockingbirds have white patches.

How cute are they?

Mockingbirds are very cute as this bird is medium in size, and their appearance also makes them look cuter. This bird species is very adorable and look even more beautiful and cute when they fly together in a group.

How do they communicate?

Mockingbirds communicate by singing a song and can sing at least 39 different types of song. This bird species is blessed with the ability to mimic certain types of sounds, from dogs barking, pianos, sirens, and squeaky noise of the gates. Their song plays a major role during their mating session.

How big is a Mockingbird?

Mockingbirds are not big in size. They are medium-sized creatures as compared to other types of bird species. In terms of size, their length is in range of 8-12 in. The size of the Mockingbird also makes them look cute.

How fast can a Mockingbird fly?

There is no accurate speed for how fast a Mockingbird can fly but they do fly high and fast when they see their predators approaching them. Once the eggs are hatched, Mockingbirds leave the nest and fly after 12 days.

How much does a Mockingbird weigh?

The northern Mockingbird weight range is around 0.10-0.11 lb, and the tropical Mockingbird weighs around 0.12 lb. These common birds are light weight and can fly easily high in the air. Male Mockingbirds are slightly larger than female Mockingbirds.

What are their male and female names of the species?

A Mockingbird has no specific name for the male and female species of Mockingbirds. They are known as Mockingbirds.

What would you call a baby Mockingbird?

A baby Mockingbird is called a hatchling. The hatchlings stay in the nest unless they are completely grown and do not become sexually mature.

What do they eat?

Mockingbirds eat insects which include grasshoppers, caterpillars, and beetles, during the summer season and are dependent on berries during the winter season.

Are they dangerous?

Mockingbirds are dangerous as they are territorial birds found in the southern and eastern US. They usually attack cats and crows and sometimes attack humans if you poke their nest or threaten them.

Would they make a good pet?

Mockingbirds do not make good pets as they do not adjust well in a household setting; it is also illegal to have a Mockingbird as a pet in your house.

Did you know...

Female Mockingbirds don’t sing as much as the males do. Mockingbirds are famously known for their singing abilities and have the ability to learn up to a range of 200 types of song. They keep singing throughout the day and also at night. The Latin name of the Mockingbird is Mimus polyglottos meaning many-tongued mimic.

There is no other bird who is blessed with the ability to sing different songs other than Mockingbirds. Mockingbirds are diurnal animals meaning they are active throughout the day. They are very intelligent and remember people, especially the ones who have tried to destroy their nests.

Different types of Mockingbird

There are different types of Mockingbirds, namely northern Mockingbird, blue Mockingbird, tropical Mockingbird, long-tailed Mockingbird, chalk-browed Mockingbird, floreana Mockingbird, and many others. Different types of Mockingbirds differ in color, habitat, and abilities.

Northern Mockingbirds are found in North America, blue Mockingbirds are found in Mexico, Bahama Mockingbirds are found in the West Indies. The mating season of Mockingbirds also differs from one types of Mockingbird.

Symbolism and stories of the Mockingbird

The Mockingbird symbolizes innocence and beauty in the novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Killing any Mockingbird is a sin as they cause no harm, they just sing. There have been many references to Mockingbirds in popular culture.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds including Stork, or house finch.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Mockingbird coloring pages.

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Written by Oluwatosin Michael

Bachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

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Oluwatosin MichaelBachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

With a Bachelor's in Microbiology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Oluwatosin has honed his skills as an SEO content writer, editor, and growth manager. He has written articles, conducted extensive research, and optimized content for search engines. His expertise extends to leading link-building efforts and revising onboarding strategies. 

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