Family Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Mockingbird (Mimus longicaudatus)


French: Moqueur à longue queue German: Langschwanz-Spottdrossel Spanish: Sinsonte colilargo

M[imus]. longicaudatus


, 1844,



Hybridization of present species with M. trifasciatus recorded in captivity. Nominate race and albogriseus appear to intergrade in NW Peru. Race maranonicus doubtfully distinct from nominate. Four subspecies tentatively recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Cody, M. (2018). Long-tailed Mockingbird (Mimus longicaudatus). 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 October 2018).