There are three species of the family Mimidae known to occur in Peru. All have longer tails than thrushes, and relatively long and curved downward bills. They have long and strong legs (for passerines) with which many species hop on the ground searching for arthropods and fruits to eat. They inhabit open and semi-open habitats at low elevations. They tend towards dull grays and browns in their appearance. As their name (Latin for “mimic”) suggests,
these birds are notable for their vocalization, especially some species’ remarkable ability to mimic a wide variety of birds and other sounds. All known species build somewhat messy, bulky twig nests in dense growth, in most species on the ground or no more than 2 meters up. They usually lay 2 to 5 eggs that hatch in 12 or 13 days, which is also the length of time the chicks stay in the nest. Pairs often stay together for more than one breeding season. Photo: Long-tailed Mockingbird.
|Mockingbirds||Calandrias or Chiscos | Zoñas|
|Long-tailed Mockingbird||Calandria de Cola Larga||Mimus longicaudatus|
|White-banded Mockingbird||Calandria de Ala Blanca||Mimus triurus (H)|
|Brown-backed Mockingbird||Calandria de Dorso Pardo||Mimus dorsalis (V)|
|Tropical Mockingbird||Calandria Tropical||Mimus gilvus (V)|
|TURDIDAE: Thrushes & Solitaires – Zorzales||MOTACILLIDAE: Pipits – Cachirlas|