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 37 videos
A frontal view of an adult perched and looking around Locality Ventura, Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp leucopterus)
Don DesJardin 29 February 2008 5 years ago 29 sec 4.1
A front view of an adult bird perched and looking left Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp leucopterus )
Don DesJardin 31 March 2002 5 years ago 17 sec 3.9
Juvenile foraging, begging & being fed; both parents are also seen. Locality Breezes Jibacoa, Santa Cruz del Norte, La Habana Province, Cuba (ssp orpheus)
Joe Angseesing 3 April 2007 4 years ago 47 sec 3.8
Male perched in open area of park. Locality Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA (United States)
Antonio Silveira 19 March 2013 7 weeks ago 23 sec 3.8
Adult drinking from rainpools on a rock surface Locality El Yarey, Jiguaní, Granma Province, Cuba (ssp orpheus)
Joe Angseesing 26 March 2007 4 years ago 19 sec 3.6
A dorsal view of an adult perched and looking around Locality Ventura, Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp leucopterus)
Don DesJardin 31 March 2008 5 years ago 20 sec 3.6
PhotosSee all 67 photos
Locality La Palma, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba
Eduardo Tejeda Lima 16 February 2013 10 weeks ago 4
An adult sitting in an apple tree.
Locality Tennessee, USA (United States)
sophiebuck 8 April 2012 15 weeks ago 4
Mockingbird working his territory near Park headquarters.
Locality Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA (United States)
Mike Ross 25 December 2012 19 weeks ago 4
Individual in a bush.
Locality Sandwich, Cape Cod, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA (United States) (ssp polyglottos)
Miriam Bauman 7 October 2011 1 year ago 3.9
Northern Mockingbird eating berries.
Locality Gilbert, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA (United States) (ssp leucopterus)
Alex Woodruff 1 January 2012 1 year ago 3.9
Locality Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ed McAskill 11 April 2011 2 years ago 3.9
A male singing at dawn Locality Decatur, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (United States)
Stuart Fisher 22 May 2010 2 years ago 4.5
A male singing rather hesitantly Locality Atlanta, Georgia, USA (United States)
Stuart Fisher 4 June 2009 3 years ago 4.3
A bird alarm calling in a hedge Locality Jekyll Island, Glynn County, Georgia, USA (United States)
Stuart Fisher 30 May 2010 2 years ago 4
An adult singing on a tree branch. Un adulto vocalizando desde la rama de un árbol. Locality Utuado, Puerto Rico
J. Gonzalez y F. Collazo 19 September 2006 3 years ago 4
Bird perched and singig against the wind near beach. Locality Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Antonio Silveira 6 March 2013 6 weeks ago 0