French: Moqueur bleu German: Blauspottdrossel Spanish: Mulato azul
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. caerulescens
(Swainson, 1827) – W, E & S Mexico (Sonora and SE Chihuahua S to Oaxaca, and SW Tamaulipas S to Puebla and W Veracruz).
M. c. longirostris
Nelson, 1898 – Tres Marías Is, off W Mexico.
24–26·5 cm; 50–69 g. Medium-sized mimid with short, rounded wings and long tail. Plumage is overall deep blue, streaked paler blue on crown, throat and chest;... read more
Unmistakable song, usually from dense cover, an extended string of repeated phrases of richly... read more
Brushy riparian areas in arid Pacific-coast lowlands; tall, variously dense thorn-scrub, low... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous, though probably largely insectivorous in breeding season. Feeds low in vegetation or on ground; forages energetically in leaf... read more
Apr–Jul on mainland and Jun–Aug on Tres Marías Is; no information on number of broods per season. Nest an open cup of coarse,... read more
Resident; no routine seasonal movements documented, although vagrants recorded in SW USA, several... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common. Routinely encountered in preferred habitat from Sonora S to Oaxaca; common in Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima. Race ... read more
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