• Question: why do mockingjays imitate you?

    Asked by ciara2219 to Jo, Kevin on 22 Jun 2012.
    • Photo: Kevin Mahon

      Kevin Mahon answered on 22 Jun 2012:

      Haha I see you;re a fellow Hunger games fan!

      Weirdly enough, the mocking jay isn’t a real bird! It was just made up for the book and film!

      They’re based on a cross between bluejays and mockingbirds however.

      Talking birds imitate humans to aleviate boredom and keep themselves amused. As they are prone to stress, particularly in captivity, tlaking birds (like the mockingjay would be!) need to do this!

      Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favour 🙂