I’m not a scientist. I’m just a photo hobbyist who spends a lot of time photographing birds in the wild. I’ve photographed hundreds of mockingbirds, so my curiosity about a mockingbird’s mimicry skills branches into other areas, like: Does a mockingbird make a conscious decision to mimic a specific bird ("hmmm, that sounds interesting, I think I can sing that")? And why does a mockingbird decide to use a certain mimicked call, like when the bird in Lexington switched from a cardinal call to a blue jay call?
I definitely don’t know the answers. I just know it’s fun listening to a mockingbird perform.
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