Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Mimidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Near Caracas, Venezuela

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Costa Rica


Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Quindio, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Antioquia, Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~24 cm (9.4 in). The Tropical Mockingbird is gray in multiple shades. The upperparts as darker gray than the underparts. The wing coverts are even darker gray fringed with white forming a patterned effect and thin wing bars. The tail is long with large white terminal spots. It is relatively confident and rather vocal. It cocks the tail when on the ground and upon landing on a perch. The Tropical Mockingbird is similar to the Long-tailed Mockingbird but their ranges do not overlap.

Status: A single individual of Tropical Mockingbird has been documented outside the city of Iquitos in Loreto. This bird is considered a vagrant on the list of birds of Peru.  It also occurs in Ec and Co.

Name in Spanish:  Calandria Tropical.

Sub-species: Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus), Vieillot (1808).

Meaning of Name:  Mimus: L. mimus= mimica, imitar. gilvus: Gilvus= pale yellow.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo), The Field Museum. on 10/18/2014.