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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Grey Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) by Ray – Articles –  *LLABS*
Black Catbird (Melanoptila glabrirostris) ©WikiC
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) by Dan’s Pix – Articles – *LLABS*
____ (Mimus polyglottos polyglottos)
Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus) by Daves BirdingPix
____ (Mimus gilvus rostratus) by BirdPhotos
____ (Mimus gilvus tolimensis) by BirdPhotos
Bahama Mockingbird (Mimus gundlachii) ©WikiC
Chilean Mockingbird (Mimus thenca) ©WikiC
Long-tailed Mockingbird (Mimus longicaudatus) by Ian
Chalk-browed Mockingbird (Mimus saturninus) by BirdPhotos
____ (Mimus saturninus modulator) by BirdPhotos
Patagonian Mockingbird (Mimus patagonicus) ©WikiC – Photo by BirdPhotos
White-banded Mockingbird (Mimus triurus) ©WikiC
Brown-backed Mockingbird (Mimus dorsalis) by BirdPhotos
Galapagos Mockingbird (Mimus parvulus) ©WikiC
Floreana Mockingbird (Mimus trifasciatus) Drawing ©WikiC
Hood Mockingbird (Mimus macdonaldi) by BirdPhotos
San Cristobal Mockingbird (Mimus melanotis) ©WikiC – Photo by BirdPhotos
Socorro Mockingbird (Mimus graysoni) ©WikiC
Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) ©USFWS –  Photo by BirdPhotos
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) by Dan’sPix –  Articles – *LLABS*
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) by Daves BirdingPix –  *LLABS*
Cozumel Thrasher (Toxostoma guttatum) ARKive (Critically endangered)
Grey Thrasher (Toxostoma cinereum) IBC
____ (Toxostoma cinereum cinereum) IBC
Bendire’s Thrasher (Toxostoma bendirei) ©Flickr Dominic Sherony
Ocellated Thrasher (Toxostoma ocellatum) ©WikiC
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) ©WikiC
California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum) by Daves BirdingPix
Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale) ©WikiC
LeConte’s Thrasher (Toxostoma lecontei) by Daves BirdingPix
White-breasted Thrasher (Ramphocinclus brachyurus) IBC
Blue Mockingbird (Melanotis caerulescens) ©WikiC
Blue-and-white Mockingbird (Melanotis hypoleucus) ©WikiC
Scaly-breasted Thrasher (Allenia fusca) ©WikiC
Pearly-eyed Thrasher (Margarops fuscatus) ©USFWS
Brown Trembler (Cinclocerthia ruficauda) ©WikiC
____ (Cinclocerthia ruficauda tremula) IBC
Grey Trembler (Cinclocerthia gutturalis) IBC
____ (Cinclocerthia gutturalis macrorhyncha) IBC
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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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