Bahama Mockingbird

Mimus gundlachii

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Code 4

BAMO

Code 6

MIMGUN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Bahama Mockingbird has a small range of around 15,500 square kilometers and is limited to the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, and small areas of Cuba and Jamaica. It has also occurred as a rare vagrant to Florida in the United States. Although this species is suspected to be in decline, the Bahama Mockingbird is still believed to be fairly common and has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Bahama Mockingbird: Medium mockingbird with gray-brown upperparts and dark-streaked, pale gray underparts. Wings are dark with two white bars and white feather edges. Tail is long and white-tipped. Legs and feet are dark gray. Eats insects, spiders, small reptiles, berries and fruits.

 

Range and Habitat

Bahama Mockingbird: Breeds throughout the Bahamas Islands south to the Turks Bank north of Hispaniola, on cays along the northern coast of Cuba, and in an isolated region of dry limestone forests along the southern Jamaican coast. In Florida, the Bahama Mockingbird is rare but regular along the southeast coast. Preferred habitats include dry scrub.

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Bahama Mockingbird SONGS AND CALLS

Bahama Mockingbird WW1

Song is a series of musical phrases mixed with pauses.

Bahama Mockingbird WW2

Song and scratchy call notes.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"cheewee, chipwee, chipwoo, cheewoo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Bahama Mockingbird was virtually unknown on the most northerly Bahamian islands in the late 1800’s, but is now well established on Abaco and on eastern Grand Bahama Island.
  • Statements in some older literature noting that the "more aggressive" Northern Mockingbird was driving it into oblivion have been found to be unsubstantiated. Development of the more populated Bahamian Islands has simply had the effect of substituting an obvious, exuberant species for one relatively shy around man.
  • A group of mockingbirds has many collective nouns, including an "echo", "exactness", "plagiary", and "ridicule" of mockingbirds.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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