Family Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Least Concern

Patagonian Mockingbird (Mimus patagonicus)


French: Moqueur de Patagonie German: Patagonienspottdrossel Spanish: Sinsonte patagón

Or[pheus]. patagonicus


, 1836,

no locality = banks of Río Negro, Patagonia


Sister to M. thenca (which see). Monotypic.


NW, C & S Argentina and S Chile (Aisén, Magallanes) S to Strait of Magellan; casual in Tierra del Fuego. Non-breeding also farther NE to Santa Fe and Entre Ríos (Argentina).

Descriptive notes

22–25 cm; male 44·4–61·8g, female 43·8–65·4 g. A smaller, shorter-tailed version of M. saturninus. Has brown crown,... read more


Song, from exposed perch or within vegetation, a warbling series of varied notes and phrases, said... read more


Low and open desert shrublands, from scrubby Larrea in N part of range, and Geoffroyia... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insectivorous during breeding; also takes fruits and berries (e.g. Berberis) outside breeding season. Feeds largely on... read more


Breeds Jan in N Argentina (Tucumán) and Oct–Dec in S Chile. Monogamous; consorts in family groups beyond breeding season.... read more


Resident in N. Migratory in S Argentina and Chile; absent from Patagonian breeding grounds Apr... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Relatively common throughout most of range; not common in Chile, but tends to keep to thick cover there and possibly overlooked. No known threats to... read more

Recommended citation

Cody, M. (2019). Patagonian Mockingbird (Mimus patagonicus). 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 25 June 2019).