The state bird of Arkansas is the Mockingbird .

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Saturday morning I captured some great action from our state bird.  DSC_0682.jpg A

These two put on a little show for me.

If you’ve been hearing an endless string of 10 or 15 different birds singing outside your house, you might have a Northern Mockingbird in your yard. These slender-bodied gray birds apparently pour all their color into their personalities. They sing almost endlessly, even sometimes at night, and they flagrantly harass birds that intrude on their territories, flying slowly around them or prancing toward them, legs extended, flaunting their bright white wing patches.  Sometimes in this case it was another Mockingbird.

Northern Mockingbird

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They seem to be dancing in midair.

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The mockingbird was recognized as the official state bird of Arkansas in 1929. Northern Mockingbirds have extraordinary vocal abilities – they can sing up to 200 songs, including the songs of other birds, insect and amphibian sounds, even an occasional mechanical noise. The northern mockingbird is also the state bird symbol of Florida, Texas, Tennessee and Mississippi. All State Birds

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Leah

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