This post on the Mockingbird symbolic meaning comes in response to an email requesting more information on the Mockingbird.
They’re called Mockingbirds because rather than having their own unique call, they imitate other birds. They do this for a number of reasons – to either attract other birds in their area, or repell them (calling away other birds from their territory).
Mockingbirds are extremely bright with intelligence equal to ravens, crows and magpies (who are also very smart & even trainable).
Mockingbirds are also very protective of their families. Like Blue Jays, they can be vicious – even attacking humans if they feel their brood is threatened.
Mockingbird Symbolic Meaning (at-a-glance)
When the Mockingbird comes into our lives it can be a message that we need to rethink how we work, interact and communicate with others. Are we accommodating? Are we being flexible? The Mockingbird way is to listen first, then respond. This is one of its greatest lessons for humans.
As you observed, the Mockingbird is very playful – another profound lesson for us. Few birds have the kind of bright vitality and obvious revelry. So when this happy bird flies into our lives it is a cue for us to frolic, and suspend our severity for a time. Enjoy, relax, and take time to appreciate the pleasureful things in our lives.
I hope these observations on Mockingbird symbolic meaning are helpful.
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Thanks to AndyMW91 on Flickr for use of this Mockingbird image.