Family Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Least Concern

Galapagos Mockingbird (Mimus parvulus)


French: Moqueur des Galapagos German: Galápagosspottdrossel Spanish: Sinsonte de Galápagos

Orpheus parvulus


, 1837,

Isabela Island (formerly Albemarle Island), Galapagos Archipelago


See M. trifasciatus. Genovesa form bauri clearly differentiated morphologically from other populations, and possibly closer to M. melanotis#R; recent genetic data#R indicate that it is a lineage of mixed ancestry, possibly undergoing speciation. Race personatus sometimes treated as a separate species; proposed race bindloei (Marchena I) indistinguishable from personatus. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. p. hulli (Rothschild, 1898) – Darwin I.
  • M. p. wenmani (Swarth, 1931) – Wolf I.
  • M. p. personatus (Ridgway, 1890) – islands of Pinta, Marchena, Santiago and Rábida.
  • M. p. parvulus (Gould, 1837) – Galapagos Mockingbird – islands of Isabela, Fernandina, Daphne, Santa Cruz and nearby islets.
  • M. p. barringtoni (Rothschild, 1898) – Santa Fe I.
  • M. p. bauri (Ridgway, 1894) – Genovesa Mockingbird – Genovesa I.
  • Descriptive notes

    25–26 cm; male average 56·2 g, female average 51·2 g. Smallish Nesomimus, slightly decurved bill relatively shorter and less robust than most... read more


    Loud, melodious territorial song typical of genus; calls harsh, strident. Does not mimic other... read more


    Range of habitats, from low, arid coastal scrub to low Bursera woodland with scattered,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Omnivorous. Diet largely arthropods, including caterpillars, orthopterans, centipedes (Chilopoda); also fruit and nectar from cactus and... read more


    Oct–Apr, occasionally to Jul; on Genovesa (race bauri) egg-laying normally begins Jan, after first rains of season; normally... read more


    Sedentary; vagrants recorded from Pinzón (Duncan) I, the only island in Galapagos with no... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Galapagos Islands EBA. Common, even abundant, on most islands of its range; somewhat less... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cody, M. (2019). Galapagos Mockingbird (Mimus parvulus). 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 March 2019).