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Florida State Bird
Adopted on April 23, 1927.
The Mockingbird, (Mimus polyglottos,) was adopted as the official state bird of Florida on April 23, 1927 by Florida Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 3. The Mockingbird is very famous. It even had a song written about it. "Listen To The Mockingbird" by Richard Milburn in 1855.
Florida State Bird: Mockingbird
The common mockingbird is a superb songbird and mimic. Its own song has a pleasant lilt, varied and repetitive. Often it will sing all night long, especially in bright springtime moonlight. Unmated male mockingbirds sing more than mated ones. Both sexes sing in the fall to claim winter feeding territories. These areas are often different than their spring breeding territories.
The song of the mockingbird is, in fact, a medley of the calls of many other birds, each repeated several times. It will imitate other species' songs and calls, squeaky gates, pianos, sirens, barking dogs, etc. Each imitation is repeated two or three times, then another song is started, all in rapid succession. In the above sample audio file, the songs of four distinct species were recorded in the span of about seven seconds. It is common for an individual bird to have as many as 25-30 songs in its repertory.
The mockingbird is also known as a fierce protector of its nest and environment. It is sometimes seen swooping down on a dog, cat or predator that may be venturing too close to the bird's protected territory.
The Mimus polyglottos, as the mockingbird is known scientifically, is about ten inches in length, including its relatively long tail. It has a light gray coat and a whitish underside. Its wings and tail are darker gray with white patches. The male and females look alike. Juvenile has spotted breast.
Characteristics of the Mockingbird
Facts about the Mockingbird
Florida Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 3
Approved on April 23, 1927.
Because the Mocking Bird, or Mockingbird, was adopted as the Florida state bird by Senate Concurrent Resolution, it
is not a part of Florida law and is not documented in the Florida Statutes.
Taxonomic Hierarchy of the Mockingbird
Official State Birds
State Bird: Bird selected (as by the legislature) as an emblem of a state of the United States.
NOTE: Many states have more than one official bird, or have designate state birds more specifically.
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