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 perched on the top of a tree Locality Cayo Coco, Ciego de Avila Province, Cuba (ssp orpheus)
Josep del Hoyo 8 August 2004 7 years ago 29 sec 2.9
A bird displaying its tail Locality Yagul Archaeological Ruins, Oaxaca State, Mexico (Southern) (ssp leucopterus)
Josep del Hoyo 19 April 2009 3 years ago 7 sec 2.8
Northern Mockingbird nuptial parad Locality Sabanera, Cidra, Puerto Rico
rene odeide 26 May 2009 3 years ago 51 sec 2.8
A bird sitting on a fence and flying away Locality Palm River, Naples, Collier County, Florida, USA (United States) (ssp polyglottos)
Sharyn Staggers 31 March 2007 5 years ago 12 sec 2.8
A bird in a tree, singing Locality Greenwich Audubon Centre, Connecticut, USA (United States) (ssp polyglottos)
Josep del Hoyo 1 May 2006 6 years ago 36 sec 2.7
This little guy chirps and dances from sunrise to sunset for about the past 7 days. He's a lot of fun to watch. Thanks to Paul Locality Woodbine, Camden County, Georgia, USA (United States)
woodbine-ga 16 May 2011 2 years ago 39 sec 2.7
PhotosSee all 67 photos
Locality Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA (United States)
ryanankeny 2 years ago 3.6
Stretching it's wings.
Locality Montego Bay, Cornwall County, Jamaica (ssp orpheus)
Ken Simonite 3 January 2012 1 year ago 3.6
A fledgling Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos).
Locality Atlanta, Georgia, USA (United States)
Philip.Schlemenson 15 June 2012 14 weeks ago 3.5
perching on concrete post
Locality Houston, Texas, USA (United States)
Hector Ceballos-Lascurain 28 May 2012 42 weeks ago 3.5
Individual in a tree.
Locality Humber Bay Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Miriam Bauman 10 July 2011 1 year ago 3.5
Looking a bit ruffled in the wind
Locality University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA (United States)
Justin Watts 24 October 2010 2 years ago 3.5
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