I have been hearing the beautiful song of our state bird, the Northern Mockingbird lately. I looked up information on mockingbirds in The Behavior of Texas Birds by Kent Rylander, a person I heard at one of the conferences I attended.
Kent said that the male is the one who sings. The male’s tireless outpouring of trills, warbles, squawks and scolds recalls the verve of a Rossini overture. I can’t say I know what a Rossini overture sounds like, but I’m sure it’s classy like the song of the mockingbird.