mockingbird definition

  • noun:
    • some of a number of species of "" new world "" wild birds regarding the household Mimidae, specially Mimus polyglottos, a gray and white bird for the south and east US, noted the ability to mimic the noises of various other wild birds.
    • A long-tailed United states songbird of the Mimidae family, noted for the ability to mimic phone calls of various other birds.
    • A long-tailed gray-and-white songbird of North America (Mimus polyglottos), remarkable for its exact imitations of the notes of various other wild birds. Its straight back is grey; the end and wings tend to be blackish, with a white spot on each wing; the external end feathers tend to be partially white. Initially its range had been confined mainly towards south says, but by late nineteenth century it had migrated as far north as nyc. The name can be put on other members of thee same and relevant genera, present Mexico, Central America, and West Indies, for instance the blue mockingbird of Mexico, Melanotis caerulescens.
    • An oscine passerine bird of the subfamily Miminæ and restricted genus Mimus; a mock-bird or mocker.
    • In Demerara, a name put on orioles for the genus Cassicus, and especially to C. ieteronotus, which is usually held as a cage-bird on account of its pleasant note.
    • In Australia, the lyre-bird, Menura superba: so-called due to its remarkable energy of track.
    • long-tailed grey-and-white songbird for the south united states of america capable mimic tracks of other wild birds

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