Order
Passeriformes
Family
Mimidae
Genus
Melanotis
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SPECIES

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

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Vocalizations

Blue Mockingbird often sings from an exposed perch (Howell and Webb 1995), although it sometimes sings from within dense cover. The song is rich and varied, with much repetition of song phrases (Howell and Webb 1995)

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Blue Mockingbird also has a varied repertoire of calls, including "a loud, rich choo or cheeoo, a nasal mewing mejhr or meeahr ..., a loud, rich wee-cheep or wheeep, a low chruk or chuk, a loud, rich choo'l-eep, a sharp pli-tik, and any combination of these and many other noises" (Howell and Webb 1995).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Blue Mockingbird can be heard at Macaulay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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