Florida State Bird: Northern mockingbird
Scientific Name: Mimus polyglottos
State Bird Description: The Northern Mockingbird was named as the state bird of Florida via Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 3 on April 23, 1927. It was written in the Resolution that the Northern Mockingbird be named the state bird because "The melody of its music has delighted the heart of residents and visitors to Florida from the days of the rugged pioneer to the present comer" The northern mockingbird is a medium-sized bird that has long legs and a long tail. Northern mockingbirds measure from 8 to 11.0 inches which includes the tail. Their wingspan can range from 12 to 15 inches and the weigh 1.5 to 2.0 oz. The Male Mockingbird tends to be slightly larger than females. The male and female look alike with the upper part of their body are colored gray, while its belly has a white or light gray color. They have parallel black wing bars on the half of the wings connected near the white patch which makes them easily noticeable when flying.
Where It's Found: The northern mockingbird is the only mockingbird commonly found in North America although they can most frequently be found in the Southern United States.
Florida State Bird Dedication: 1927