Family Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Least Concern

Chilean Mockingbird (Mimus thenca)


French: Moqueur du Chili German: Chilespottdrossel Spanish: Sinsonte tenca

Turdus thenca


, 1782,



Genetic data#R#R#R indicate that this species and M. patagonicus are sisters. Monotypic.


C Chile (Atacama S to Los Lagos, including Chiloé I#R) and adjacent W Argentina (reported from Neuquén#R, but probably more localities).

Descriptive notes

28–29 cm; 66 g. Large brownish mockingbird with long tail, long, thick bill. Has broad whitish supercilium; brownish-grey above, darker streaks on head, neck and back,... read more


Song, given throughout year, a series of sweet, variable notes and phrases; lacks harsher and more... read more


Wide range of habitats, from sea-level to 2200 m. Breeds in semi-desert and low, succulent coastal... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous, feeds both on insects and fruits; recorded also taking a small lizard (Liolaemus lemniscatus); fruits include those of... read more


Nesting mainly Oct–Nov. Monogamous; territorial, presumably throughout year; territory in optimal matorral habitat c. 1 ha,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Central Chile EBA. Common throughout range; occurs in several protected areas, e.g. La Campana... read more

Recommended citation

Cody, M. (2019). Chilean Mockingbird (Mimus thenca). 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 April 2019).