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 bird on the grass and a close view on a branch Locality Dorado, Puerto Rico (ssp orpheus)
Juan Sanabria 31 July 2007 5 years ago 12 sec 3.6
Bird in Botanic Garden. Locality Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA (United States)
Antonio Silveira 27 May 2011 44 weeks ago 28 sec 3.5
A bird drinking at a frozen pond Locality Mount Airy, Maryland, USA (United States) (ssp orpheus)
Robert Schaefer 6 March 2002 5 years ago 26 sec 3.5
Adult perched in tree, singing. Locality Breezes Jibacoa, Santa Cruz del Norte, La Habana Province, Cuba (ssp orpheus)
Joe Angseesing 3 April 2007 4 years ago 27 sec 3.3
A bird perched in a bush in the wind Locality John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Pennsylvania, USA (United States) (ssp polyglottos)
Alexander Grimwade 2 February 2007 6 years ago 16 sec 3.3
A bird on top of a Bluebird nest-box Locality Greenwich Audubon Centre, Connecticut, USA (United States) (ssp polyglottos)
Josep del Hoyo 1 May 2006 6 years ago 30 sec 3.3
PhotosSee all 67 photos
An adult on a fence.
Locality Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (ssp orpheus)
HVargas 12 March 2011 1 year ago 3.8
Locality Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, Gilbert, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA (United States)
Alex Woodruff 11 January 2011 1 year ago 3.8
bird perched in tree near horse stables
Locality Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina, USA (United States)
Tom Moxley 20 March 2010 2 years ago 3.8
Male perched and singing.
Locality Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA (United States)
Antonio Silveira 16 March 2013 7 weeks ago 3.8
Perched on branch
Locality Guánica Dry Forest Reserve, Guánica, Puerto Rico
Bob Thompson 12 January 2010 3 years ago 3.7
Northern Mockingbird in Pokeweed bush
Locality Central Park, New York City, New York, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Bill Benish 13 September 2007 4 years ago 3.7
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