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Tennessee selected the mockingbird (genus Mimus polyglottos) as official state bird in 1933, selected from an election conducted by the Tennessee Ornithological Society. Northern Mockingbirds are related to the brown thrasher and the catbird.
The northern mockingbird is a slender, long-tailed, 10-inch gray bird with white patches on the tail and wings. Once considered a southern bird at home among the moss-covered live oaks and flowering magnolia trees, the mockingbird has adapted very well to civilization and has increased its range northward and westward.