Long-tailed mockingbird

The long-tailed mockingbird (Mimus longicaudatus) is a species of bird in the family Mimidae. It is found in dry scrubland and woodland in western Ecuador and Peru (north of CamanĂ¡).

Long-tailed mockingbird
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
Genus: Mimus
M. longicaudatus
Binomial name
Mimus longicaudatus
Tschudi, 1844

The bird favours open habitats with scattered low bushes and shrubs, such as forest edge and young second growth, montane scrub.[2]

It is frequently found in gardens and parks. It often feeds on the ground, running forwards on relatively long legs.


An attractive, thrush-like bird, the long-tailed mockingbird has a long, elegant tail which it carries at a pert angle whilst on the ground. Its plumage is made up of grey, cappuccino, and dun coloured feathers. The outer tail feathers are broadly tipped white. Its face has been described as harlequin patterned. The juvenile is duller, with a dark iris, and is spotted or streaked on underparts.[2]


The voice of the long-tailed mockingbird is "a fairly slow-paced series of variable rich whistled notes, churrs, rattles, squawks, and other noises, often with phrases repeated. Calls a throaty "garr!" and rapsing "gaawrr".[2]


  1. BirdLife International (2012). "Mimus longicaudatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. Thomas S. Schulenberg (2010). Birds of Peru. Princeton University Press. p. 528. ISBN 978-0-691-13023-1.

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