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Common Name Mockingbird

Scientific Name Mimus gilvus

Species Birds

Family/Group Other Birds



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Rather slender, with long blackish tail. Pale brownish gray above with dusky patch through eye; wings blackish with two white bars; tail blackish tipped white; whitish below. Immature browner above and buffier below but still easily recognizable.

Are characterized by imitating sounds of animals and work in team, especially when they feel attacked by a predator.


Especially fond of areas where extensive lawns are maintained.

Habits and Behavior

It is noisy, conspicuous, and aggressive.

Their song is a series of various notes and phrases, without tendency to repeat a phrase several times, and with more churring notes; there seems to be no tendency to imitate other birds.

They mainly eat insects, berries and seeds.

Further Reading

Nicaragua Animal Guide