This is a close up of a Northern Mockingbird taken in Apalachicola, Florida. You might wonder why it has “Northern” in its name, because it is found in the southern two-thirds of the United States. There are about ten species of Mockingbirds in the world and most of them are found in South America. I guess that Northern Mockingbird is a good description if you take a wider view. Its Latin name, Mimus polyglottos, is also very descriptive. Polyglottos means “many tongued” and the Mockingbird does mimic the songs of other birds. Its song has many different parts and it tends to repeat a phrase 3-5 times. The bird also throws in sounds of insects, machinery, and musical instruments that it has heard. During the mating season, Mockingbirds can be heard calling all day. Because they include so many different sounds, their singing can be a pleasant listening experience. However, if one of them decides to sing all night, right outside your bedroom window, you might not feel the same way.