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Chilean Mockingbird - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Juan Tassara
Central Chile February 2004
Mimus thenca


Photo by Luis R
Los Maitenes, Cajon del Maipo, Santiago, Chile, August 2015

28-29 cm (11-11½ in), slender and long tailed bird

  • Brownish grey plumage
  • Broad white supercilium
  • Dark eyeline
  • White throat bordered by 2 dark stripes
  • Buff-grey breast
  • Streaked flanks
  • Dark grey bill and legs


While there are no subspecies yet described, birds from the northern parts of their range are generally paler and greyer than those in the south.


South America: endemic to Central Chile (Atacama to Valdivia).


Photo by Luis R
Chacabuco, Region Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile, October 2016

This is a monotypic species[1].


Dry shrubland, scrubby areas, farmland and forest edge to 2200m and urban areas.


Conspicuous in its behavior, both when singing from an open perch and otherwise.


There is little information available. They forage mostly on the ground and in foliage up to around 3 m. Their diet probably consists of insects and fruit.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2015)
  4. BF Member observationsa

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