- Chilean Mockingbird
 - Chilean Mockingbird
 - Chilean Mockingbird
 - Chilean Mockingbird

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
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The Chilean Mockingbird is a large, brown mockingbird that is nearly endemic to central Chile, with just a minor population in Neuquén, Argentina. The species shows dark streaking on buffy flanks, a long dark tail with white edges and corners, and an obvious white supercilium. In Chile, this mockingbird is common in the central valley and lowlands from the Atacama desert to the edges of the temperate rainforest in the south. It is one of the few species that was benefited by the deforestation in this area. It is often found perched on fences, utility poles, or running on the ground. The loud, jumbled song usually lacks mimicry, with the musical phrases repeated two or three times each.

Distribution of the Chilean Mockingbird - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Chilean Mockingbird

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