Folklore says that God punished the Mockingbird for its mean ways, and took away his song. Now, he can only copy the other birds songs. He does that really well and will often sing 40 or 50 different bird songs in a single day. Its not uncommon to even hear one that sounds like a cell phone ringing! We hear it at my house all of the time! The one thing that surprises me about this bird, is that it sings in the middle of the night. Its great to sit out on the deck on a quiet night and listen to the songs of the mockingbirds as they sing to each other!