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Tropical Mockingbird (juvenile)

Mimus gilvus

Description:

Photo take near home on the fence of a neighbor land seems all wet, common in this area about 25 cm tall. Adults are 25 cm long and weigh 54g. They are grey on the head and upper parts with yellow eyes, a white eye stripe and dark patch through the eye. The underparts are off-white and the wings are blackish with two white wing bars and white edges to the flight feathers. They have a long dark tail with white feather tips, a slim black bill with a slight downward curve, and long dark legs.

Habitat:

Is a resident breeding bird from southern Mexico south to northern Brazil, and in the Lesser Antilles and other Caribbean islands. The birds in Panama and Trinidad may have been introduced.This mockingbird is common in most open habitats including human habitation. Tropical Mockingbirds forage on the ground or in vegetation or fly down from a perch to capture invertebrates. They mainly eat insects and some berries. These fearless birds will also take food off unattended plates or tables. While foraging they will frequently spread their wings in a peculiar two-step motion, flashing the white wing linings, and then fold them again. Wikipedia.

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2 Comments

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Ava :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

I think you're right. it looks like a young Mockingbird.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Spotted by
Gerardo Aizpuru

Mexico

Spotted on Jun 10, 2012
Submitted on Jun 10, 2012

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