Mississippi State Bird

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Mississippi State Bird: Northern mockingbird

Scientific Name: Mimus polyglottos

State Bird Description: 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. The Northern Mockingbird will imitate a wide range of sounds from other birds calls to other animal and non animal noises to try and attract a mate.

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.

Mississippi State Bird Dedication: 1944