French: Moqueur plombé German: Camposspottdrossel Spanish: Sinsonte calandria
M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823,
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.
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
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