Family Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Least Concern

Bahama Mockingbird (Mimus gundlachii)


French: Moqueur des Bahamas German: Gundlachspottdrossel Spanish: Sinsonte de las Bahamas

Mimus Gundlachii


, 1855,



Interbreeding with M. polyglottos reported, but probably rare. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. g. gundlachii Cabanis, 1855 – Bahamas, Camagüey Archipelago (N coast of Cuba) and Turks and Caicos Is.
  • M. g. hillii March, 1864 – #R#RS Jamaica.
  • Descriptive notes

    28 cm; 57–85 g, average 66·8 g. Large brownish mockingbird with long tail. Has dark lores, mottled face, pale supercilium; brownish-grey above, dark streaks from... read more


    Loud series of abrupt, varied notes and phrases, with repetition; reportedly less varied and more... read more


    Coastal strand, semi-arid scrub, open woodland, grassy areas with scattered trees, palmettos,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Omnivorous. Diet varied, from various terrestrial invertebrates to caterpillars, Agave nectar, and many small fruits such as figs... read more


    Season Feb–Jul, from Apr in Cuba. Monogamous. Aggressively territorial, defends territory by vigorous song; territories overlap with... read more


    Resident; occasional wandering, and vagrants recorded in SE USA (S Florida).

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cuba EBA, Bahamas EBA and Jamaica EBA. Widespread and common in Bahamas, but absent from some NW islands; common... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cody, M. (2019). Bahama Mockingbird (Mimus gundlachii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 May 2019).