Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) - HBW 10, p. 485

French: Moqueur polyglotte German: Spottdrossel Spanish: Sinsonte Norteño
Other common names: Common Mockingbird

Taxonomy: Turdus[] polyglottos Linnaeus, 1758, Virginia, USA.
Forms a superspecies, and sometimes considered conspecific, with M. gilvus; apparent hybrids between the two reported in S Mexico. Reported as interbreeding, probably rarely, with M. gundlachii in Caribbean. Race leucopterus sometimes merged with nominate. Proposed races elegans and delinificus (both from Bahamas), described largely on basis of whiter underparts, and dominicus (Haiti), supposedly with more white in wings, considered better treated within orpheus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • 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.
  • polyglottos (Linnaeus, 1758) - extreme SE Canada and E USA.
  • orpheus (Linneaus, 1758) - Bahamas S to Greater Antilles, Cayman Is and Virgin Is.