SPECIES

Chilean Mockingbird Mimus thenca Scientific name definitions

Natacha González, Vicente Pantoja, Maria Jesus S. Mallea, Matías Garrido, Antoine Touret, Angélica Almónacid, Heraldo V. Norambuena, and Fernando Medrano
Version: 2.0 — Published March 3, 2023

About the Author(s)

Introduction

Natacha González is a wildlife veterinarian and national eBird reviewer for Chile. She has been an active member of research projects of Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile such as Proyecto Pidencitos (Black Rail project) and Proyecto Becacina Pintada (South-American Painted-Snipe project), and developing contents for divulgation books and Birds of the World.

Vicente Pantoja is a Chilean naturalist and wildlife photographer. He entered into birding at 21 years old, and in a couple of years he was participating in the Chilean NGO Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile. Since then, he has been a member of ROC, writing some chapters for the first Chilean Breeding Bird Atlas, working on bird surveys, managing data from bird surveys and eBird and, since 2018, managing the Chilean eBird portal. He is trying to improve the knowledge of furnariids in Chile. His contact email is vicentepantojam@gmail.com.

Ma Jesús S Mallea is a Chilean naturalist and naturalist illustrator. She began birding at 22, becoming involved in the Laboratorio de Ecologia y Vida Silvestre (LEVS) while doing her Forestry Engineer undergraduate degree. Currently, she is coordinator of the biodiversity program of the Cartagena wetland municipal nature reserve. Also has participated in research projects in environmental education and conservation programs for waterbirds in coastal wetlands and has collaborated on several projects with the NGOs Red de Observadores de Aves de Chile (ROC) and Ojos de mar. She has actively participated in Neotropical Waterbird Censuses (CNAA) and shorebird censuses (MSP) and is an active user of eBird. Jesu is also currently involved in projects involving passerine capture and banding. When not birding, Jesu is illustrating nature, both digitally and in murals. Email: maria.sepulveda.m@ug.uchile.cl.

Matías Garrido obtained his Medical Degree from the Medical School of the University of Santiago, Chile in 2010. He trained in Paediatric Surgery at the Hospital Carlos Van Buren - University of Valparaíso, Chile. After complete his clinical training, he studied for a Master’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the same university. Meanwhile, he worked as a consultant and lecturer in Human Embryology. He started in 2019 a PhD at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and the Francis Crick Institute, London, UK. In parallel, Matías is a life-long birder (at least since 1-year old; fully involved at 6-years old). Member of the NGO “Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile” (ROC), he is a volunteer as an eBird reviewer for Chile, in the Neotropical Wetland Census, and contributor as author of some chapters of the Chilean Breeding Bird Atlas. In 2018 he received a scholarship to attend the Macaulay Library Sound Recording Workshop in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Based in Valparaíso, he moved his interest to unravel the taxonomic issues surrounding the Gray-hooded Sierra-Finch’s Chilean endemic subspecies minor through a citizen-science project. E-mail: matias.garrido@uv.cl

Antoine Touret is a French-Chilean biologist, who studied at the Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines University. He began birding at 16. He is involved in research projects on wetland ecology, road effects on animal populations and is currently studying plant-animal interactions in the semi-arid region. He has participated in the “Atlas of nesting birds” with NGOs Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile. At present, he is studying for his master’s degree at Lyon University. His contact email is: atouret99@gmail.com.

Angélica Almonacid is Chilean, and an Environmental Engineer by profession. She began to watch birds in 2015 in a birding workshop at the Universidad de Los Lagos. She has participated in Neotropical Aquatic Bird Censuses (CNAA) and supported projects of the Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile and Fundación Conservación Marina. Email: almonacidangelica@gmail.com

Heraldo V. Norambuena (born in 1987) is a Chilean ornithologist and evolutionary biologist interested in systematics and biogeography of Neotropical birds. He obtained his Ph.D. from Universidad de Concepción (Chile), where he studied the systematics and phylogeography of Neotropical Pipits (Anthus spp.). He is co-author of the books Chilean Shorebirds Atlas (2017), Neotropical Pipits: systematics, biogeography and natural history (2022), and co-editor of the Chilean Breeding Bird Atlas (2018). His research has produced more than 40 scientific articles, four chapters, and three books about birds (RG: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Heraldo-Norambuena). He is the editor-in-chief of the divulgation magazine “La Chiricoca.” In addition, he is Researcher at Centro Bahía Lomas, Associate Professor at Universidad Santo Tomás, and researcher of the "Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile" (ROC).

Fernando Medrano has had a lifelong interest in wildlife and entered into the world of birding at 18 when he began his career as an engineer at Universidad de Chile. At the university, he worked in the Laboratorio de Ecologia y Vida Silvestre (LEVS) and practiced bird monitoring techniques in different habitats throughout Chile, including work with the Critically Endangered Chilean Woodstar (Eulidia yarrellii). At the university, he also earned an M.S. in biology, exploring the drivers of songbird clutch size variability. Throughout his career, he has been involved in the Chilean NGO "Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile" (ROC), working actively on seabird and waterbird monitoring and conservation, managing the Chilean eBird portal since 2015, being part of the editorial committee of the Chilean journal "La Chiricoca," and designing a network of shorebird protection. In this NGO, he led the first Chilean Breeding Bird Atlas (the very first using eBird as the main data source and the first in continental South America). Fernando also took part in the discovery of the first breeding colonies for Markham's Storm-Petrel (Hydrobates markhami), Ringed Storm-Petrel (Hydrobates hornbyi) , and Elliot's Storm-Petrel (Oceanites gracilis) in the Atacama Desert. In 2019, he moved to Catalunya, where he has participated in tracking and sampling shearwaters, petrels, tropicbirds, and storm-petrels in Spain and Cabo Verde while working on his Ph.D. with the Seabird Ecology Lab of the Universitat de Barcelona. Fernando is interested in finding novel approaches for studying the natural history of birds and has published several scientific and divulgation articles (all of them available freely in Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fernando_Medrano). He has also been at the forefront of bird conservation and has influenced the development of the light pollution regulation in Chile and the protection of colonies of storm-petrels in the Atacama Desert. Email: fernandomedranomartinez@gmail.com.

Recommended Citation

González, N., V. Pantoja, M. J. S. Mallea, M. Garrido, A. Touret, A. Almónacid, H. V. Norambuena, and F. Medrano (2023). Chilean Mockingbird (Mimus thenca), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (N. D. Sly, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.chimoc1.02