Tropical mockingbird (Mimus gilvus)
Papiamento name: chuchubi
The tropical mockingbird 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.
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. The sexes are alike, but immature birds are duller and browner.
This bird has a varied and musical song, and will sometimes sing through the night. It builds a twig nest and the normal clutch is three greyish-green eggs. Incubation, by the female alone, is 13–15 days, with slightly longer again to fledging. This bird aggressively defends its nest against other birds and animals, including large iguanas, dogs and mongooses.
The tropical mockingbird is common in most open habitats including human habitation. It forages on the ground or in vegetation or flies down from a perch to capture invertebrates. It mainly eats insects and some berries. This fearless bird will also take food off unattended plates or tables. While foraging it will frequently spread its wings in a peculiar two-step motion, flashing the white wing linings, and then fold them again.
Photo credit: Christian König (SHAPE/DCNA)
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