mock·​ing·​bird | \ ˈmä-kiŋ-ˌbərd How to pronounce mockingbird (audio) , ˈmȯ-\

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

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This spring, baby birds (starting with starlings and sparrows and then songbirds such as robins, blue jays, cardinals and mockingbirds) will hatch. Kitson Jazynka,, "As spring arrives, what to do if you find a baby bird," 25 Apr. 2018 Northern mockingbirds have started singing in earnest, along with Eastern towhees. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Watch for the annual visit by red-winged blackbirds | Charlotte Observer," 16 Feb. 2018 The scientists also reversed the scenario, dropping host eggs from wrens, mockingbirds, and blackbirds onto cowbird eggs. Erica Tennenhouse, Science | AAAS, "Cowbird eggshells could double as deadly weapons," 8 May 2018 Encounter northern mockingbirds, indigo buntings, and yellow-rumped warblers at Pickering Creek Audubon Center (, a 400-acre sanctuary of trails teeming with coastal wildlife habitats. Stephanie Citron,, "Can’t-miss detours along Maryland's Eastern Shore to explore on your beach trip this summer," 8 May 2018 The Galápagos island finches and mockingbirds gathered by Charles Darwin in 1835 during the voyage of the HMS Beagle—which had been instrumental in developing his theory of evolution through natural selection—were resting in nearby drawers. Outside Online, "The Curious Case of the Fly-Fishing Feather Thief," 19 Apr. 2018 Then there’s the FBI, which since has been on FIFA like a mockingbird on a June bug. John Henry, star-telegram, "Mexico-Croatia match might be trial run for 2026 World Cup in Dallas-Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 Mar. 2018 The short, river-hugging trail leads you beneath tall oaks; birds to be seen include towhee and mockingbird. Peter Fish, San Francisco Chronicle, "The 5 best hikes in Napa for wine lovers," 21 Feb. 2018 To ensure berries, plant male and female plants in proximity; the fruit feeds robins, bluebirds and mockingbirds well into winter. Bart Ziegler, WSJ, "Save the Songbirds: Plant These Shrubs and Bushes," 13 Sep. 2017

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1676, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of mockingbird

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


mock·​ing·​bird | \ ˈmä-kiŋ-ˌbərd How to pronounce mockingbird (audio) \

Kids Definition of mockingbird

: a songbird of North America noted for its imitations of other birds

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