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 40 videos
A male perched in a fig tree looking around Locality Chino Hills, San Bernardino County, California, USA (United States)
Lebanese26 14 March 2009 4 years ago 25 sec 2.2
An individual singing in a pine tree while perched, then flying away Locality Hayward, Alameda County, California, USA (United States) (ssp leucopterus)
Michael Grunow 17 April 2005 6 years ago 5 sec 2.1
This wonderful Northern Mockingbird has been here since April sharing his lovely melodies and his high flying dance. Locality Indianapolis International Airport, Marion County, Indiana, USA (United States)
FSindy 7 May 2012 1 year ago 52 sec 2
A bird on a cactus, looking around. Locality Yagul Archaeological Ruins, Oaxaca State, Mexico (Southern) (ssp leucopterus)
Josep del Hoyo 19 April 2009 3 years ago 30 sec 2
PhotosSee all 84 photos
Northern Mockingbird sitting on a cactus.
Locality Joshua Tree, San Bernardino County, California, USA (United States)
Stino 4 February 2007 4 years ago 3.5
A bird singing
Locality Titusville, Brevard County, Florida, USA (United States)
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 13 May 2008 4 years ago 3.5
Nestlings in nest begging.
Locality Orange County, California, USA (United States) (ssp leucopterus)
Paul A. Davis 13 June 2006 4 years ago 3.5
Locality Port Antonio, Surrey County, Jamaica (ssp orpheus)
John Hopkins 29 January 2011 2 years ago 3.5
Male perched and singing. Is a common species in Grand Cayman Island.
Locality Cayman Islands (ssp orpheus)
Antonio Silveira 6 March 2013 39 weeks ago 3.4
A bird on a twig.
Locality Castle Island, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA (United States)
Agniva 30 June 2013 20 weeks ago 3.4
A male singing at dawn Locality Decatur, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (United States)
Stuart Fisher 22 May 2010 3 years ago 4.5
A male singing rather hesitantly Locality Atlanta, Georgia, USA (United States)
Stuart Fisher 4 June 2009 4 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 3 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 36 weeks ago 0