Florida Considers Ousting Mockingbird from Honorary Perch

After nearly a century on its lofty perch, the northern mockingbird may be singing its last melodies as the state bird of Florida.

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In this Friday, July 15, 2016, file photo, two American flamingos tussle in their exhibit space at Zoo Miami, Friday, July 15, 2016, in Miami. After nearly a century on its lofty perch, the northern mockingbird's days may be numbered as the state bird of Florida. The flamingo is one of several birds being considered for a new state bird. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — After nearly a century on its lofty perch, the northern mockingbird may be singing its last melodies as the state bird of Florida. An effort is taking flight to replace the far-ranging musical mockingbird with a bird that is more identifiable as distinctly Floridian. “Part of what we’re working to do is highlight that Florida has these incredible species and we should recognize the bird that most represents Florida,” said…

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