Q:

What is the symbolic meaning of mockingbirds?

A:

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.

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.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What is the symbolic meaning of pigeons?

    A:

    In shamanism, pigeons and doves are interchangeable and symbolize home and security. They are considered spirit messengers that carry communication between the worlds of the living and dead. Pigeons and doves are thought to bring love, peace and an understanding of gentleness. Some think they deliver gifts of physical, mental and emotional healing.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the symbolic meaning of birds?

    A:

    Birds symbolize transcendence and freedom. In Native American culture, birds are believed to be physical manifestations of spirit guides and otherworldly helpers. In ancient times, it was a common belief that birds were messengers from a heavenly plane, and they soared down to earth with important messages.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why are mockingbirds called mockingbirds?

    A:

    Mockingbirds get their name from their ability to mock or mimic the songs of other birds. The scientific name of the northern mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos, means "many-tongued mimic."

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where do mockingbirds live?

    A:

    Mockingbirds live in North America from Canada to Mexico, with concentrations in the southern parts of the United States, including Texas and Florida. Mockingbirds are proficient singers with 39 different songs and over 50 different calls, according to BioKIDS, a University of Michigan website.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore