Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) - HBW 10, p. 485
French: Moqueur polyglotte
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 47 videos
A dorsal view of an adult perched looking around. Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp leucopterus)
Don DesJardin 7 November 2015 32 weeks ago 36 sec 5
A frontal view of an adult perched and singing. Locality Ventura, Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp leucopterus)
Don DesJardin 11 April 2008 7 years ago 42 sec 4.9
A dorsal view of an adult perched and singing Locality Ventura, Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp leucopterus)
Don DesJardin 29 February 2008 8 years ago 30 sec 4.7
Adult feeding nestling. If you listen closely, the adult gives a single, low-pitched "cluck" which immediately causes the nestl Locality Riverside County, California, USA (United States)
Conan Guard 26 June 2009 6 years ago 17 sec 4.6
Adult performing nest maintenance. Eats invertebrate found in nest and carries off what looks like a piece of vegetation. Mate Locality Riverside County, California, USA (United States) (ssp leucopterus)
Conan Guard 28 June 2009 6 years ago 25 sec 4.6
Foraging on the ground and frequently flashing its wings Locality Hotel Nacional de Cuba, La Habana Province, Cuba (ssp orpheus)
Joe Angseesing 11 May 2016 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 55 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 131 photos
Adult perched on the top of a fence post.
Locality La Belén Reserve, Camagüey Province, Cuba (ssp orpheus)
Allan Hopkins 4 April 2015 50 weeks ago 4.6
Adult bird standing on a fence post
Locality Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles County, California, USA (United States) (ssp leucopterus)
Peter Vercruijsse 6 February 2004 2 years ago 4.6
A Northern Mockingbird eating berries.
Locality Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA (United States)
Hal and Kirsten Snyder 25 October 2015 30 weeks ago 4.5
Adult perched on a tree stump
Locality Yaqui Well, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California, USA (United States) (ssp leucopterus)
Peter Vercruijsse 14 February 2004 2 years ago 4.5
Northern Mockingbird in the hotel / resoort area of Cancun.
Locality Cancún, Quintana Roo State, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico (Southern)
Ron Harwood 10 December 2013 2 years ago 4.5
An adult Northern Mockingbird
Locality Punta Cana, La Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic
Jorge Malingre 10 June 2013 2 years ago 4.4
SoundsSee all 9 recordings
Alarm calls directed at Grackles in the same tree Locality Varadero Peninsula, Matanzas Province, Cuba
Joe Angseesing 14 May 2016 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 5
A male singing at dawn Locality Decatur, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (United States)
Stuart Fisher 22 May 2010 6 years ago 4.5
A male singing rather hesitantly Locality Atlanta, Georgia, USA (United States)
Stuart Fisher 4 June 2009 6 years ago 4.3
singing various phrases from a tall tree Locality Breezes Jibacoa, Santa Cruz del Norte, Mayabeque Province, Cuba
Joe Angseesing 29 April 2014 1 year ago 4
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Male singing. Locality Sunset Park, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA (United States)
Antonio Silveira 12 April 2014 2 years ago 4
A bird alarm calling in a hedge Locality Jekyll Island, Glynn County, Georgia, USA (United States)
Stuart Fisher 30 May 2010 5 years ago 4