Significance to humans

None of the mimids has great economic significance apart from sporadic reports of damage to berry crops by some species. They do, however, include a number of well-known and very popular species, so much so that the brown thrasher has been adopted as the state bird of Georgia, and the northern mockingbird by no fewer than five southern U.S. states from Tennessee to Texas.

1. Brown trembler (Cinclocerthia ruficauda); 2. Blue-and-white mockingbird (Melanotis hypoleucus); 3. Hood mockingbird (Nesomimus macdonaldi); 4. Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos); 5. Brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum); 6. Gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis). (Illustration by Emily Damstra)

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