Mockingbirds, as one of the smallest of the world famous birds, owe part of their fame to their singing! In fact, male mockingbirds are known to sing more frequently than any other bird in existence. They’ll sing all night, every single night, for all their lives! And when there’s a full moon, the male mockingbird becomes a “supercharged” singer, belting out ballads non-stop.
And like most animals, when there’s a full moon, it makes them a lot more energetic than normal, just like plugging an electrical cord into an outlet makes it “live”.
Mockingbirds can “mock”, or imitate, the mating call of all other birds in the environment. And they’re incredibly good at it. So good, in fact, that they can successfully mimic cats, dogs, chainsaws, car alarms, and other sounds too!
The word mockingbird actually means “many tongued mimic” in Latin. And when it comes to tattoo art meanings and what specific tattoos represent, you’ll find the mockingbird at the top of the list in association with the “Art of Deception”. Being able to mimic sounds in nature is a great survival tool. It’s like being able to fool a thugs senses on a subway to get away safely. It’s a valuable skill to have.
The mockingbird is associated with many unique and amazing abilities. Intelligence and memory are two of these. A mockingbird can remember specific people and places, and even who a person is, for their whole lives! And after only a 30 second encounter!
The Indian animal totem associates mockingbirds with the value of raw talent, as well as using voice and sound to your advantage. And because mockingbirds aren’t afraid to attack when threatened, they’re also associated with courage and fearlessness.
When confronted with dangerous situations that can hurt you, Native Americans guide us to examine how the Mockingbird lives. If Mockingbirds can flush away and expose negative influences in their environment, then surely we can find a way to apply their skills and abilities into our own lives.
One way to remember the value of a Mockingbird is: Learn to witness a problematic situation, and apply your God-Given talent as part of the solution. Example: A talented basketball player is good at shooting baskets and naturally good at hand-eye coordination. He knows to apply this natural coordination talent to other areas of his life and gets amazing results.