Family Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Least Concern

Chalk-browed Mockingbird (Mimus saturninus)


French: Moqueur plombé German: Camposspottdrossel Spanish: Sinsonte calandria

Turdus saturninus

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1823,

Pará, Brazil


Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. s. saturninus (M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – S Suriname and N Brazil (lower Amazon in Pará).
  • M. s. frater Hellmayr, 1903 – C & E Bolivia and C Brazil (E to Ceará, W Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, S to Mato Grosso and Santa Catarina).
  • M. s. arenaceus Chapman, 1890 – NE Brazil (Paraíba S to E Bahia).
  • M. s. modulator (Gould, 1836) – SE Bolivia and Paraguay S to C Argentina, extreme SE Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul) and Uruguay.
  • Descriptive notes

    23·5–26 cm; 55–73 g. One of the largest Mimus species, brownish, with long legs, long graduated tail held semi-erect. Nominate race has dark crown... read more


    Loud, varied series of notes, trills, phrases; call note a characteristic, sharp and penetrating... read more


    Broad variety of non-forest habitat: savannas, forest edge, low open woodland, scattered trees in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Omnivorous; diet includes insects, e.g. orthopterans and beetles (Coleoptera), also spiders (Araneae), worms, small fruits, seeds, berries... read more


    Breeds Sept–Jan. Monogamous. Helpers at nest recorded in Brazil and Argentina, in some cases young of previous brood, in other cases... read more


    Mostly resident; southern populations (e.g. in SE Brazil) appear to be partially migratory.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Very common throughout much of range. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Serra da Canastra National Park, in Brazil, and Costanera Sur... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cody, M. (2019). Chalk-browed Mockingbird (Mimus saturninus). 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 25 March 2019).