What is the symbolic meaning of mockingbirds?
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What is the symbolic meaning of mockingbirds?

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The mockingbird has many positive symbolic meanings, including joyfulness, cleverness, playfulness, security and communication. In the book "To Kill a Mockingbird," the mockingbird symbolizes innocence.

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The mockingbird's name comes from the way the bird mimics the calls of other birds, to both attract and repel other birds. Mockingbirds are known for being very intelligent and protective of their families. There are many myths about mockingbirds. Certain tribes of Native Americans once believed the mockingbird taught people how to speak, while others see mockingbirds as guardians of the dead. Cherokees used to have their children eat mockingbird heads in the belief it would make them smarter.

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