Bird Sounds: Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird Calls

April 29, 2016
Northern Mockingbird
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006

Here you can identify the sounds and bird song of the Northern Mockingbird. Compliments of The Macaulay Library at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Mockingbird in the Bronx

I live in a densely populated inner city. I hear a mockingbird but can’t tell where it is. How far does their song travel on a quiet Saturday morning?

Northern Mockingbird

Chico, CA, This bird sings to me every morning while I work in my garden. He/she is very difficult to catch a glimpse of! Finally saw it take flight and identified the white tipped wing. Love his songs!

Mocking bird

I have a mocking bird nesting in my hibiscus plant that stands over 7 foot high. I’m in Yulee Florida. This birds songs can be heard in my house. She has laid 3 eggs so far.

northern mockingbird

Have 2 that come to my feeder in Claremont NH. They pick suet and seeds.

Mockingbird calls

I have a mockingbird that has nested in a tree near my office window for a couple of years. He is quite a chatterbox! and sounds NOTHING like the posted recording. He really is a "mocking" bird as I have noticed a couple other species calling and he has clearly adopted their songs into his repertoire. He can go on and on, 5-15 minutes. Some of the fragments are quite lyrical. It's also fun that he jumps into the air, fans his wings for a few flaps, showing off the white patches underneath, then lands in the same spot. That's finally how I identified him.
Eastern TN. He just came back yesterday. There was a pair of cardinals considering this tree over the last week, but I think he's claiming it back.

Heard this call in St. George

Heard this call in St. George Utah in July 2018. A pair were talking back and forth.


Heard the mockingbird in Conway, SC on July 4, 2018...I could listen to it all day. It sings and chirps so many different sounds....just beautiful to listen to.

Northern mocking jay

The last few days I have been hearing this burden call not knowing what it was This is the first time I've heard this bird in our neighborhood Took a wild to figure it out Thanks for your page.

The most abundant bird in NC,

The most abundant bird in NC, seems like. They will not sing during Dog Days in late summer.

I have an abundance of

I have an abundance of mockingbirds at my home on the NC coast. They appear to be a little cranky, but I enjoy listening to them!

Memphis, TN. We have

Memphis, TN. We have Mockingbirds. They swoop down close to me while working in the garden. They interact with our cats, Spike and Max, sometimes, somewhat aggressively. They make a lot of noise when they want to. Pretty to look at, graceful flyers, and territorial...

Glendale,az I think this bird

Glendale,az I think this bird is very beautiful to listen to calming after a long day

We have a Northern

We have a Northern Mockingbird in our yard in Bryant, AL. I have over 11 minutes of audio taken with my cell phone, so not extremely clean, but this particular bird likes to keep me up at night and has a repertoire of atleast 15-20 different alternating sounds.