MOCKINGBIRDS AND THRASHERS   -   MIMIDAE


Blue-and-white Mockingbird - Melanotis hypoleucus
Blue-and-white Mockingbird
Melanotis hypoleucus
Cerro Huitepec, San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico
One of the most colorful members of the family; it can be found in highland forests from southeastern Mexico to Honduras. (S13)


Gray Catbird - Dumetella carolinensis
Gray Catbird
Dumetella carolinensis
Las Guacamayas, Chiapas state, Mexico.
A familiar bird to many North Americans, but it was interesting to see them in a steamy Mexican rainforest with antthrushes, spadebills, and the like. (S5)


Tropical Mockingbird - Mimus gilvus
Tropical Mockingbird
Mimus gilvus tolimensis
Tulquizán, Carchi province, Ecuador.
A silly name considering that there are at least ten mockingbirds that occur in tropical areas. This one is widespread in the northern Neotropics, becoming scarcer to the south of its range. This species is spreading in northern Ecuador, now encountered fairly regularly in dry valleys in the far north of the country, and occasionally seen farther south. (S8)


Tropical Mockingbird - Mimus gilvus
Tropical Mockingbird
Mimus gilvus tolimensis
RNA Arrierito Antioqueño, Anorí, Antioquia department, Colombia.
(D3)


Long-tailed Mockingbird - Mimus longicaudatus
Long-tailed Mockingbird
Mimus longicaudatus albogriseus
El Empalme, Loja province, Ecuador.
The typical mockingbird of western Ecuador and western Peru, restricted to arid areas. (S5)


Long-tailed Mockingbird - Mimus longicaudatus
Long-tailed Mockingbird
Mimus longicaudatus longicaudatus
Chaparrí Reserve, Lambayeque department, Peru..
(S6)


Chilean Mockingbird - Mimus thenca
Chilean Mockingbird
Mimus thenca
La Campana NP, Region V, Chile.
A well-named bird since it is truly endemic to temperate central Chile. (S5)


Patagonian Mockingbird - Mimus patagonicus
Patagonian Mockingbird
Mimus patagonicus
Quilmes, Tucumán province, Argentina.
This mocker is widespead in Argentina. (S5)


Patagonian Mockingbird - Mimus patagonicus
Patagonian Mockingbird
Mimus patagonicus
Valdes Peninsula, Chubut province, Argentina.
(S6)


Patagonian Mockingbird - Mimus patagonicus
Patagonian Mockingbird
Mimus patagonicus
Valdes Peninsula, Chubut province, Argentina.
Juvenile. (S6)


Chalk-browed Mockingbird - Mimus saturninus
Chalk-browed Mockingbird
Mimus saturninus frater
Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel, Pixaim, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
The common "mocker" over much of eastern South America. (S8)


Chalk-browed Mockingbird - Mimus saturninus
Chalk-browed Mockingbird
Mimus saturninus modulator
Quinta, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil.
(D4)


White-banded Mockingbird - Mimus triurus
White-banded Mockingbird
Mimus triurus
Campo de Jofre, Transpantanal Highway, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
This species is only a rare austral migrant in the Pantanal. This bird's plumage is so worn that the characteristic white wing markings were not very evident except in flight. (S11)


Brown-backed Mockingbird - Mimus dorsalis
Brown-backed Mockingbird
Mimus dorsalis
Yavi, Jujuy province, Argentina.
Restricted to the high Andes of Bolivia and northwestern Argentina.  (S8)


Galapagos Mockingbird - Mimus parvulus
Galapagos Mockingbird
Mimus parvulus bauri
Genovesa Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
The most widespread of the four mockingbirds on the Galapagos. There are several subspecies described, but the differences are minor. This is the subspecies endemic to Genovesa Island. (S5)


Galapagos Mockingbird - Mimus parvulus
Galapagos Mockingbird
Mimus parvulus parvulus
Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
It was not clear to me what this bird was doing with that leaf. This is the most common subspecies, the one found on the larger islands. (S5)


Española (Hood) Mockingbird - Mimus macdonaldi
Española (Hood) Mockingbird
Mimus macdonaldi
Punta Suarez, Española Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
These mockingbirds are some of the coolest creatures living on the Galapagos. They are completely fearless of humans and amazingly curious, always scurrying in to check out new arrivals to the island. They seem to be very tied to the other creatures on the island. This photo shows them checking inspecting a sea lion for any tasty parasites that might be on it. As fresh water is scarce during the long dry season, they will even drink out of the nostrils of sleeping sea lions! (S5)


Española (Hood) Mockingbird - Mimus macdonaldi
Española (Hood) Mockingbird
Mimus macdonaldi
Punta Suarez, Española Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
A different bird scouring a Marina Iguana Amblyrhynchus cristatus. (S5)


Ocellated Thrasher - Toxostoma ocellatum
Ocellated Thrasher
Toxostoma ocellatum villai
Monte Alban, Oaxaca state, Mexico.
Endemic to central Mexico. Most of the year these birds stay down in the dense scrub and are almost impossible to see. Only during the breeding season are they likely to come up to the top to sing. (S5)















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