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Galapagos Mockingbird - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Momo
Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador, March 2006
Mimus parvulus

Nesomimus parvulus


25–26 cm (9¾-10¼ in)

  • Slightly de-curved bill


Galapagos Islands endemic


Placed in genus Nesomimus by some authorities.


Six subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • M. p. parvulus:
  • Main Galapagos Islands except extreme eastern islands
  • M. p. barringtoni:
  • Barrington (Galapagos Islands)
  • M. p. personatus:
  • Galapagos Islands (Abingdon, Bindloe, James and Jervis)
  • M. p. wenmani:
  • Wenman (Galapagos Islands)
  • M. p. hulli:
  • Culpepper (Galapagos Islands)
  • M. p. bauri:
  • Tower = Genovesa (Galapagos Islands)

The last subspecies (M. p. bauri) has most of its genome similar to other subspecies of this species, but a few regions indicate past hybridization with introgression of some DNA from San Cristobal Mockingbird[2]. This taxon may be undergoing speciation.


They are to be found in a variety of habitats, including low coastal scrub, and light deciduous woodland.




Omnivorous. They mostly eat arthropods, including caterpillars also fruit and nectar.


  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. Birdforum thread containing discussion of Mockingbird taxonomy, with post 11 relevant to this page
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)

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