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Blue Mockingbird Melanotis caerulescens

Haley Vaseghi, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, and Marîa del Coro Arizmendi
Version: 1.0 — Published December 24, 2014


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Breeding on the mainland is reported from April-July (Selander and Giller 1959, Schaldach 1963, Rowley 1966, 1984, Binford 1989). The breeding season on the Tres Marías Islands is shifted later, from June-August (Grant 1966).

The nest is a cup, "loosely made, composed of coarse sticks exteriorly, and lined with fine rootlets" (Rowley 1966), in a shrub or tree 1.2-2.4 m above the ground (n = 7; Rowley 1966, 1984). The clutch is two; the eggs are turquoise blue and unmarked, with mean dimensions of 28.7 x 20.1 mm (n = 13; Rowley 1984). There is no information on the length of incubation or of the nestling period, nor on the number of broods per season.

Recommended Citation

Vaseghi, H., C. A. Soberanes-González, C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, and M. d. C. Arizmendi (2014). Blue Mockingbird (Melanotis caerulescens), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.blumoc.01