Bahama Mockingbird

Mimus gundlachii

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Code 4

BAMO

Code 6

MIMGUN

ITIS

Egg Color:

Creamy white to light pink with brown markings



Number of Eggs:

2 - 6



Incubation Days:

12 - 13



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

In trees or shrub.



Nest Material:

Sticks, stems, dried leaves, fiber, paper, bits of fabric, and string., Lined with fine materials.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Bahama Mockingbird: Medium-sized 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. Sexes are similar. Juvenile lacks dark streaks.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Bahama Mockingbird: Two to six creamy white to light pink eggs with brown marks are laid in a cup nest made of sticks, stems, dried leaves, fiber, paper, bits of fabric, and string, and lined with finer materials. Nest is built by both parents in a shrub or low tree. Incubation ranges from 12 to 13 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Bahama Mockingbird: Eats various insects, spiders, berries, fruits, and occasionally small reptiles.

Vocalization

Bahama Mockingbird: Song is a variety of musical melodies that are loud and varied "cheewee, chipwee, chipwoo, cheewoo." Call is a grating "check" or "chup." Unlike the Northern Mockingbird, does not imitate other birds or animals.

Similar Species

Bahama Mockingbird: Northern Mockingbird is smaller, grayer overall with white wing patches, white outer tail feathers on black tail, and lacks streaks on neck, back, and flanks.

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X