23 December, 2009

Tropical Mockingbird

Scientific Name: Mimus gilvus

Population Estimate: 500K-5M

Range / Habitat: Ranges from southern Mexico to northern Brazil. Also found in the Lesser Antilles and other Caribbean islands. Favors subtropical and tropical dry shrubland and frequently found in open, man-made landscapes.

Field Notes: Typical mockingbird shape and vocalization. Grey back and tail, white throat, neck and belly. Wings black with two white wing bars. Dusky eye stripe, long tail, and a flash of white to each side of the tail as it flies away. Overlaps with similar Northern Mockingbird only at isthmus of Mexico, with the latter showing large white wing patches in flight.

Personal Notes: First seen in Belize then later a common sight in Cancun, Mexico.

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