mockingbird

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mock·ing·bird

noun \ˈmä-kiŋ-ˌbərd, ˈm-\

: a North American bird that sings loudly and copies the songs of other birds

Full Definition of MOCKINGBIRD

:  a common grayish North American bird (Mimus polyglottos) related to the thrashers that is remarkable for its exact imitations of the notes of other birds

First Known Use of MOCKINGBIRD

1676

mockingbird

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several New World birds of a family (Mimidae) known for their mimicry of birdsong. The common, or northern, mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) can imitate the songs of 20 or more species within 10 minutes. About 10 in. (27 cm) long, it is gray, with darker, white-marked wings and tail. It ranges from the northern U.S. to Brazil; it has been introduced into Hawaii and thrives in suburban areas. It sings from perches, even at night, and vigorously defends its territory. Other Mimus species range from Central America to Patagonia, and the blue mockingbird (genus Melanotis) inhabits much of Mexico. Various subspecies of the Galápagos mockingbird (genus Nesomimus) inhabit the different islands.

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