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



The Chilean Mockingbird is a generalist, can use river basins in the desert, semi-arid areas, grasslands, open woodland, scrub, forest edges, mountain slopes, farmland, and urban parks, uncommon to see in wetlands, highly populated urban areas, dense forests, and plantations (18, 38, 46, 6).

It can be seen in cities, especially at urban parks close to agriculture or native areas (47). A study showed an increase in relative frequency of nests in a scrub dominated area after human disturbance (48). A recent study showed that Chilean Mockingbird uses small green spaces and large urban parks without preferences in winter, and is unaffected by noise levels or vegetation patch size in them (49).

In Santiago, during spring and summer, the abundance of Chilean Mockingbird in urban parks and residential neighborhoods is lower than in andean hills and native shrubs (50).

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