Mockingbird: Noisy Mimic

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Is that a car alarm going off? no-it's a male mockingbird imitating one! These slender gray birds can copy a surprising variety of sounds, including chirping crickets, barking dogs, and the songs of more than 30 other kinds of birds.

Looks inside to learn more about this multitalented noisemaker. You'll find out where mockingbirds live, what they eat, and how they communicate with one another-incluiding how they tell some feathered friends, ...

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Overview

Is that a car alarm going off? no-it's a male mockingbird imitating one! These slender gray birds can copy a surprising variety of sounds, including chirping crickets, barking dogs, and the songs of more than 30 other kinds of birds.

Looks inside to learn more about this multitalented noisemaker. You'll find out where mockingbirds live, what they eat, and how they communicate with one another-incluiding how they tell some feathered friends, "come over. Here i am!" while they warn others, "Back off-or else!"

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
On many spring mornings, a mockingbird can be seen sitting high upon a tree branch. It lifts its head, opens its beak and starts to sing the prettiest song of any bird native to North America. The song is a medley of many other bird calls and can amount to as many as thirty songs in the bird's repertory. The mockingbird is a multi-talented noisemaker, mimicking sounds such as a car alarm, chirping crickets and barking dogs. Although female mockingbirds also sing songs and imitate other birds, the male mockingbird is the noisiest. As part of the "Animal Loudmouths" series, other noisy animal titles include coyotes, hippos, howler monkeys, humpback whales and hyenas. Each animal's story is told in accurate and informative language. Using large, full color photos and grade appropriate text for emerging readers, the series is an excellent introduction to nonfiction reading. Learn where mockingbirds live, what they eat and how they communicate. Additional features include a table of contents, habitat maps, fact boxes, picture glossary, index and additional reading resources as well as online resources available through the publisher's website. A "Sound Check" describes the specific uses and meanings of both the songs and calls of the mockingbird. Find out the difference between the bird's soft and harsh "hew-hew" sounds. This is an excellent resource for classroom use or student research projects. It is quite probable readers of all ages will be introduced to a new fact or two regarding these noisy slender gray birds. A book and series worth checking out. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Each title begins with a high-interest situation in which the profiled species makes some noise. Then the simple text relates the details of the creatures' habitat (including a map), diet, predators, daily routines, and homes. The author also includes information on environmental issues and contact with humans. The "Sound Check" at the end of every volume either describes the range of vocalizations the animal can make or compares its loudness (in decibels) to other sounds kids may have heard (e.g., a lawn mower, train engine, or airplane taking off). Humpback Whale explains how scientists have studied the animal's underwater songs. The covers look a tad sensational, with neon hues and one picture superimposed on top of another, but the interior layout is easier on the eyes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617722776
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Series: Animal Loudmouths: Noisy Animals Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Singing in Spring 4

A Double Message 6

The Perfect Home 8

Finding a Mate 10

Building a Nest 12

Defending the Nest 14

Baby Birds 16

Growing Up Fast 18

Listening and Learning 20

Sound Check 22

Glossary 23

Index 24

Read More 24

Learn More Online 24

About the Author 24

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