Mimidae – Mockingbirds, Thrashers

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) by Dan

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) by Dan

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Mimidae – Mockingbirds, Thrashers

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Species (34)

Grey Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
Black Catbird (Melanoptila glabrirostris)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus)
Bahama Mockingbird (Mimus gundlachii)
Chilean Mockingbird (Mimus thenca)
Long-tailed Mockingbird (Mimus longicaudatus)
Chalk-browed Mockingbird (Mimus saturninus)
Patagonian Mockingbird (Mimus patagonicus)
White-banded Mockingbird (Mimus triurus)
Brown-backed Mockingbird (Mimus dorsalis)
Galapagos Mockingbird (Mimus parvulus)
Floreana Mockingbird (Mimus trifasciatus)
Espanola Mockingbird (Mimus macdonaldi)
San Cristobal Mockingbird (Mimus melanotis)
Socorro Mockingbird (Mimus graysoni)
Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus)
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre)
Cozumel Thrasher (Toxostoma guttatum)
Grey Thrasher (Toxostoma cinereum)
Bendire’s Thrasher (Toxostoma bendirei)
Ocellated Thrasher (Toxostoma ocellatum)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum)
Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale)
LeConte’s Thrasher (Toxostoma lecontei)
White-breasted Thrasher (Ramphocinclus brachyurus)
Blue Mockingbird (Melanotis caerulescens)
Blue-and-white Mockingbird (Melanotis hypoleucus)
Scaly-breasted Thrasher (Allenia fusca)
Pearly-eyed Thrasher (Margarops fuscatus)
Brown Trembler (Cinclocerthia ruficauda)
Grey Trembler (Cinclocerthia gutturalis)


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The mimids are the New World family of passerine birds, Mimidae, that includes thrashers, mockingbirds, tremblers, and the New World catbirds. As their name (Latin for “mimic”) suggests, these birds are notable for their vocalization, especially some species’ remarkable ability to mimic a wide variety of birds and other sounds heard outdoors.

There are over 30 species of mimids in two larger and some 10 small or monotypic genera. They tend towards dull grays and browns in their appearance, though a few are black or blue-gray, and many have red, yellow, or white irises. They range from 20 to 33 centimetres in length, and 36 to 56 grams in weight. Many mimids have a rather thrush-like pattern: brown above, pale with dark streaks or spots below. They tend to have longer tails than thrushes (or the bigger wrens, which they also resemble) and longer bills that in many species curve downward.

They have long, strong legs (for passerines) with which many species hop through undergrowth searching for arthropods and fruits to eat. Their habitat varies from forest undergrowth to scrub, high-altitude grasslands, and deserts. The two tremblers live in the atypical habitat of rain forests in the Lesser Antilles, and the Brown Trembler has the particularly atypical behavior of foraging while clinging to tree trunks.

All known species build somewhat messy, bulky twig nests in dense growth, in most species on the ground or no more than 2 meters up. They usually lay 2 to 5 eggs that hatch in 12 or 13 days, which is also the length of time the chicks stay in the nest. Breeding usually starts in the spring or early in the rainy season, and many species can have two or even three broods per year. Most failures to fledge young are due to predation. Pairs often stay together for more than one breeding season. (Info from Wikipedia)

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