A bird which gets its name from its habit of imitating the songs of other birds. It is a kind of thrush, found only in North and South America and the West Indies. Its form is graceful, but its plumage is not very handsome. Its own song, which is sweet and pleasing, is heard mostly at night. During the day it imitates the songs of, other birds, passing from one to another with the greatest ease, now warbling like a canary or blue-bird, then cackling like a hen or screaming like a swallow. It can imitate various other sounds, and readily learns to whistle a tune. Mocking-birds feed chiefly on berries and insects, are easily tamed, and live happily in cages if caught when young.