French: Moqueur polyglotte German: Spottdrossel Spanish: Sinsonte norteño
Subspecies and Distribution
M. p. leucopterus
(Vigors, 1839) – extreme SW Canada (S British Columbia E to S Manitoba) and W USA (E to Nebraska and Texas) S to S Mexico (rarely, to Isthmus of Tehuantepec), including Socorro I (off W Mexico) and many other offshore islands in Pacific Ocean and Gulf of California.
M. p. polyglottos
(Linnaeus, 1758) – extreme SE Canada and E USA.
M. p. orpheus
(Linneaus, 1758) – Bahamas S to Greater Antilles, Cayman Is and Virgin Is.
23–28 cm; 36–56 g, average 48·5 g. Distinctive mid-sized mimid. Has dusky lores, greyish side of head with obscure whitish supercilium; crown and... read more
Loud, conspicuous and persistent song (accompanied by visual displays) familiar to many, a... read more
Wide range of low, rather open, often scrubby and disturbed vegetation. In E, typical of woodland... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous, feeds nearly equally on insects, e.g. beetles (Coleoptera), hymenopterans and orthopterans, and small, soft fruits. Arthropod... read more
Mar–Aug, beginning earlier in S of range; 2–3 broods typical throughout range. Normally monogamous, but polyandry and bigamy... read more
Largely sedentary over most of range. Some populations at N limits of range withdraw S after... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and conspicuous throughout range. During 20th century, this species extended its range N along E coast of USA into E Canadian provinces; also... read more
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