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A Mockingbird Sings

Northern Mockingbird

What does a Mockingbird sound like and where do they live?

The northern mockingbird is renowned for its mimicking ability, as reflected by the meaning of its scientific name, 'many-tongued mimic.' The northern mockingbird has gray to brown upper feathers and a paler belly. Its wings have white patches which are visible in flight.

It eats both insects and fruits. It is often found in open areas and forest edges but forages in grassy land.

The northern mockingbird is known for its intelligence. A 2009 study showed that the bird was able to recognize individual humans, particularly noting those who had previously been intruders or threats. 

TKAM Project Guide Introduction

Welcome to the "Discover the Meaning and and Trace Connections" Project Guide  for Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, a Pulitzer Prize winning novel published in 1960.

TKAM is set in a small town during the Great Depression and is loosely based on Lee's experiences as a young girl in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. The novel is regarded as a modern classic in American literature and renowned for its depiction of serious issues such as racial inequality, rape, and prejudice.

The novel emphasizes the importance of tolerance and moral integrity, particularly through the character of Atticus Finch. It has been characterized in the Southern Gothic subgenre of literature, as well as a coming-of-age novel. It was later adapted into an Oscar-winning motion picture in 1962. 

This guide is intended to provide more information on the novel and themes related to it. Use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate the guide.

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