Blue Mockingbird

Melanotis caerulescens

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Code 4

BLMO

Code 6

MELCAE

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Blue Mockingbird has a large estimated range of 508,000 square kilometers. This species occurs in a veriety of forest and edge habitats in Mexico, and has also occurred as a vagrant in Arizona and Texas. The global population of the bird has not been determined but it is not believed to meet criteria for the IUCN Red List. The Blue Mockingbird currently has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Blue Mockingbird: This large thrush is slate blue with pale blue streaks on the crown and a black mask and red eye. Native of Mexico and casual in winter in southeast Arizona and accidental in New Mexico, California, and Texas. A very secretive bird, skulks in dense underbrush while searching for insects and fallen fruit.


Range and Habitat

Blue Mockingbird: Endemic to Mexico, widespread in South and Central America, but also resident in southern Texas, mainly on Rio Grande. Habitats include a variety of woodlands: humid forest, riparian thickets, scrub, pine-oak forests and second growth. Found at elevations ranging from lowlands to 10,000 feet.

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Blue Mockingbird SONGS AND CALLS

Blue Mockingbird XX1

Song is a series of repeated musical and harsh phrases.

Blue Mockingbird Z1

Call is a raspy or squeaky "meearrh" or "cheee".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"wee-cheep", "wheep", "chuk"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Blue Mockingbird does not mimic the songs of other species.
  • A group of mockingbirds has many collective nouns, including an "echo", "exactness", "plagiary", and "ridicule" of mockingbirds.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Yury Lisyak

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
RiparianX
Relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater. 
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X