One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long-tailed songbird with grayish plumage, found mainly in tropical America and noted for its mimicry of the calls and songs of other birds.
Family Mimidae (the mockingbird family): three genera and several species, especially the northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos), of North America. The mockingbird family also includes the catbirds, thrashers, and tremblers
- ‘He did make an observation about how similar Galapagos mockingbirds were to those of mainland South America, but he missed the lesson of the finches entirely.’
- ‘In Massachusetts winter residents include chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, titmice, cardinals, and mockingbirds.’
- ‘The true song of a mockingbird is hard to detect, since they imitate other birds and sounds.’
- ‘Although first cousin to the melodious mockingbird, a catbird's song is seldom musical.’
- ‘Francis gives a similar explanation for the exceptional mimicry of mockingbirds, suggesting that mimicry itself was not favored by natural selection.’
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