Sounds of the Northern Mockingbird
Shortcut: Imitations of other birds, each repeated three or more times.
Song: The song is a long-continued stream of loud phrases, many being imitations of other birds' songs and calls along with the sounds of squeaky gates, machinery, barking dogs, and humans whistling. Each song phrase is repeated three or more times before changing to the next. Males sing in Spring, and both sexes sing in Fall, although female song is usually quieter. Mockingbirds often sing at night.
Call: Common calls include a raspy chjjjj and a harsh chewk.
Bird songs copyright 2011 by Lang Elliott. Song descriptions adapted from the book Common Birds and Their Songs (Lang Elliott, 1998: Houghton Mifflin Company) and other material by Lang Elliott. Contact: Nature Sound Studio. Photographs copyright 2011 by Brian Small and Robert Royse. All rights reserved.