How to Get Rid of Mockingbirds: Best Way to Be Free of Nightly Noises

It is no surprise to hear the sound of a Mockingbird singing its heart out all day. However, this may be a bit too much if you require a much-needed rest so you often wonder how to get rid of Mockingbirds. It may be pleasant in the beginning, but, hearing the same sound repeatedly and relentlessly can become somewhat annoying.

The ones pleasant sounds that you hear from the outside has turned into an annoying noise invading every corner of your home. In this article, I will help you discover an effective way on how to get rid of Mockingbirds. Furthermore, I will share a few essential tips along the way.

What You Will Need

Before I share with you the steps on how to get rid of Mockingbirds, there are important materials that you will need for this project. These are the following essentials that you will need.

  • Super-Soaker: You will use this to shoot water to where the Mockingbirds are perched.
  • Water - use water to power your super soaker
  • Binoculars - use this to find out the exact location of the Mockingbird
  • Flashlights - use this together with the binoculars to get a better view of where the Mockingbird is located
  • Cardboard Owl or Hawk - as one of the scare tactics, you can use these
  • Pruners - use this to remove branches to prevent Mockingbirds setting up their nest
  • Earplugs - to get a peaceful sleep, use earplugs to block off any noise

How To Get Rid Of Mockingbirds

Once you have all the vital materials for this project, you may now proceed to follow the simple guide as follows. Now, here are the steps on how to get rid of Mockingbirds.

Launching an Attack


Prior to going all out with your attack, be sure to track down where the Mockingbird is exactly located. Use binoculars to look for the bird’s location. If you want to get rid of Mockingbirds effectively but as humanely as possible and avoiding killing it, you can opt to use water to launch an attack. 

Using a super soaker powered by water, aim and shoot into the tree where the Mockingbird dwells. 

(Tip: Check if there are power lines closeby or other things that can cause possible danger.)

The Scare Tactic

Cardboard cutouts of owls and hawks are another way of scaring away Mockingbirds. You can nail these cardboard cutouts to the tree or arrange them anywhere in your yard.

Nevertheless, you also have to consider the Mockingbird’s territorial instinct that may result in a fight between your cardboard cutouts and the bird.

If in case the cardboard scare tactic does not work, you can opt to use outdoor ultrasonic bird repellents. These noisy devices are known to be effective in scaring most birds away.

(Tip: Place the cardboard cutouts in close proximity to where the birds are and make them as sturdy as possible.)

The Use of Earplugs

When all else fails and the birds decided to stick around, then an option to use earplugs to have a good night sleep is another way. It is one thing to do steps in to deter them but causing them harm is another story.

Mockingbirds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act which means harming them is illegal. So, since you fail to rid them out of your property, then you can just leave them be for the moment and make adjustments yourself.

Trimming Tree Branches

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They say prevention is always better than cure. If you realize that the mating season of Mockingbirds is coming, you can do preventive measures for discourage them from hanging around your property.

Pruning or trimming off some of the branches of the trees is a way you can also try. When there are no tree perches there will be no birds.

(Tip: It is also best that you get rid of any thick or overgrown hedges and shrubs.)

Knowing All about Mockingbirds

How To Get Rid Of Mockingbirds
  • Mockingbirds are commonly found in North America and are medium-sized birds that measure about nine inches long. They weigh an average of two ounces and have a slender body. Male Mockingbirds are usually larger than females.

  • They have a black bill and a combination of black and gray feather on their backs. While their bellies usually show light gray feathers plus little white patches on their wings and tail.

  • They are named Mockingbirds because of their ability to mimic other animals sounds as if mocking them. In addition to that, they can also learn and mimic non-animal sounds like squeaky doors and sirens which is a very interesting ability
  • Watch this short clip of a Mockingbird imitating a car alarm
  • Mockingbirds are known to be omnivores which means they can eat both plants and animals. Their daily diet includes grapes, figs, berries, as well as small insects like ants, beetles, and spiders. 
  • Young Mockingbirds become independent at an early stage of their life. Mockingbird eggs need to be incubated for around 12 days before they hatch.
  • Nevertheless, Mockingbird chicks are encouraged to learn how to fly and to find their own food since their parents cannot feed them well. They usually are ready to take flight in just twelve days upon hatching.
  • Fathers usually take on the role of looking after the young during this period while the mothers prepare the nest for the next brood.

  • Compared to male Mockingbirds, females are quieter and don’t much of the singing.

  • Male Mockingbirds, on the other hand, have the ability to learn around 200 different songs and can sing tirelessly all day and night especially during the mating season.
  • One interesting fact about male Mockingbirds is that they opt to sing varying songs during the fall than during spring season. 

Watch this video of a male Mockingbird doing its mating call

  • Mockingbirds are loyal to their partners and choose to stay together as a pair for life. They can have around two to three broods annually. They also typically wonder alone or with their partners. Their lifespan can extend up to 20 years in captivity.
  • Mockingbirds are territorial creatures and will fight if there are possible signs of intruders within their area.


There is obviously no stopping Mockingbirds from singing especially during mating season. Often times you will find yourself annoyed and frustrated due to lack of sleep. Be that as it may, just keep in mind that there are steps you can use to humanely get rid of them for you to get that peaceful rest you need.

Was this article helpful? Were you able to learn and understand the steps on how to get rid of Mockingbirds? Do you find the additional tips useful? Do you have any other suggestions regarding this topic?

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Dan Harris

Hi. I'm Dan Harris. My wife and I started gardening 5 years ago. Neither one of us had any gardening background but we loved the idea of growing our own organic food. Over the years, our garden has almost doubled in size and I’ve learned a lot from my season’s successes and failures. I’ve been excited to share my own beginning knowledge and special skills with all garden lovers.

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Ryan - April 22, 2018

Fully auto airsoft rifles work great!!! it makes it fun for them to come around if you hate them as much as I do but after about a week they just stop coming around. They also make bio-degradable airsoft BB’s so you aren’t the jerk littering all over the place. I know how to shoot guns also and I’ve never killed one, after you light them up a couple times they recognize the sound and will take off after the first shot.

    Dan Harris - June 1, 2018

    Thanks bro, I’ll try it

dhgfgynj - May 2, 2018

you forgot to mention the shot gun method which I believe is the most effictive

    Dan Harris - June 1, 2018

    Thanks. It’s also a good method but I’m afraid that my neighbors will be angry or scared LOL

jakesh - June 5, 2018

bb gun them away. It always works. Also when you’re not home use a scare crow (make it yourself from cloth hanger and old shirt and pants..) to show them the mean guy is always here to get them.

frntncntr - July 10, 2018

I’ve been dealing with one for weeks. It won’t stop. 24 hrs. I’m exhausted and the verge of snapping.

    Dan Harris - July 16, 2018


    You may try the gun method. I hope it will work.

Vicki J. Stabile - September 8, 2018

I have been using scare tactics for a long time, but now thinking about to buy outdoor ultrasonic bird repellent. Do you have any suggestion about choosing this device?
Nice post, btw.


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