French: Moqueur à longue queue German: Langschwanz-Spottdrossel Spanish: Sinsonte colilargo
Subspecies and Distribution
M. l. albogriseus
Lesson, 1844 – SW Ecuador (S from C Manabí).
M. l. platensis
Chapman, 1924 – I de la Plata, off W Ecuador (SW Manabí).
M. l. longicaudatus
Tschudi, 1844 – W Peru.
M. l. maranonicus
Carriker, 1933 – La Libertad (upper Marañón Valley), in NW Peru.
27–29·5 cm; 54–79 g, average 66·6 g. Large greyish mockingbird with very long, graduated tail. Nominate race has prominent white supercilium, black... read more
Song, to be heard throughout day, is a loud, persistent, continued string of chuckling notes and... read more
Found in desert scrub and arid woodland within coastal zone, in brush, hedgerows and tree groves in... read more
Food and feeding
Diet broad, including terrestrial and marine invertebrates, fruits, berries. Forages largely on ground; hops with tail elevated, glides... read more
Late Dec to Jul; season c. 5–6 months in SW Ecuador (Santa Elena Peninsula), source of most information on breeding. Generally... read more
Resident; possible vagrant reported from extreme N Chile.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common. Distribution patchy, restricted to discontinuous habitat in barren Peru coast region; range has recently expanded to S. Race platensis... read more
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