Mimus is a bird genus in the family Mimidae. It contains the typical mockingbirds. In 2007, the genus Nesomimus was merged into Mimus by the American Ornithologists' Union.[1] The genus name is Latin for "mimic".[2]

Chilean mockingbird (M. thenca)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
Genus: Mimus
F. Boie, 1826

14 recognized species, see article.


Nesomimus Ridgway, 1890
Orpheus Swainson, 1827

The following species are placed here:

The Nesomimus group includes the following species endemic to the Galápagos Islands:

The Nesomimus group is endemic to the Galápagos Islands. These mockingbirds were important in Charles Darwin's development of the theory of evolution by natural selection.

See also


  1. American Ornithologists' Union, changes since 2005
  2. Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 255. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.

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