Family Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Least Concern

Bahama Mockingbird (Mimus gundlachii)


Taxonomy

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

Mimus Gundlachii

Cabanis

, 1855,

Cuba

.

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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

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

    Movements

    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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58188 on 11 December 2018).