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

Conservation and Management

Not globally threatened; currently classified by BirdLife International using IUCN Red List Criteria as Least Concern. Since 1988 the status of this species has not changed. The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'fairly common' (77).

Effects of Human Activity

Habitat Loss and Degradation

It has benefited from deforestation in central Chile (6) and human perturbation (48), but does not seem to use urban cores, excepting green areas such as cemeteries (79), urban parks (44, 81, 82), residential areas (81, 82), vacant lands (81), dams (83), and isolated hills within the city (84).

Effects of Invasive Species

Nothing is known, but presumably could be predated by cats (and perhaps dogs) in cities and villages.

Hunting and Trapping

So far, it has not been reported, but there are online videos with trapping. This species is protected by the Hunting law of Chile and it is forbidden the hunt and capture this bird all along the territory (85).

Pesticides and Other Contaminants/Toxics

Nothing is known but considering that use habitats next to agricultural areas, it could be affected by pollutants to control pests.

Collisions with Stationary/Moving Structures or Objects

The species is one of the most common birds involved in vehicle collisions as has been documented recently (76, C. Piñones, eBird S61099739).

Human/Research Impacts

In the periphery of Santiago, human disturbance did not generate a significant decrease in the abundance of nests (48). In a recent study, carried out in urban green areas of the metropolitan region, the Chilean Mockingbird was the only bird that was not affected by variations in anthropogenic noise, the morphology of the surrounding city, exotic species, and the vegetation of green spaces (49).

Management

Conservation Areas

This species has a wide distribution and it is present in the following protected areas (eBird 2022):

Name

Category

Region

Fray Jorge

National Park

Coquimbo

Pichasca

Natural Monument

Coquimbo

Las Chinchillas

National Reserve

Coquimbo

Estero Derecho

Nature Sanctuary

Coquimbo

Laguna El Peral

Nature Sanctuary

Valparaíso

El Zaino-Laguna el Copín

Nature Sanctuary

Valparaíso

Lago Peñuelas

National Reserve

Valparaíso

La Campana

National Park

Valparaíso

El Yali

National Reserve

Valparaíso

Palmar El Salto

Nature Sanctuary

Valparaíso

Roblería del Cobre de Loncha

Natural Reserve

Metropolitana

Yerba Loca

Nature Sanctuary

Metropolitana

Río Clarillo

National Park

Metropolitana

El Ajial

Nature Sanctuary

Metropolitana

El Morado

Natural Monument

Metropolitana

Altos de Cantillana

Nature Sanctuary

Metropolitana

Río Los Cipreses

National Reserve

O'Higgins

Alto Huemul

Nature Sanctuary

O'Higgins

Las Palmas de Cocalán

National Park

O'Higgins

Laguna Torca

National Reserve

Maule

Siete Tazas

National Park

Maule

Altos de Lircay

National Reserve

Maule

Humedales costeros de Putú

Nature Sanctuary

Maule

Federico Albert

National Reserve

Maule

Bellotos del Melado

National Reserve

Maule

Península de Hualpén

Nature Sanctuary

Bío-Bío

Laguna del Laja

National Park

Bío-Bío

Nonguén

National Reserve

Bío-Bío

Nahuelbuta

National Park

Bío-Bío | Araucanía

Conguillio

National Park

Araucanía

Huerquehue

National Park

Araucanía

Cerro Ñielol

Natural Monument

Araucanía

Vicente Pérez Rosales

National Park

Los Lagos

Puyehue

National Park

Los Lagos

Alerce Andino

National Park

Los Lagos

Conservation Measures and Habitat Management

There are no specific management measures for protecting this species.

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