Hood Mockingbird Facts

  • Name:
    Hood Mockingbird
  • Scientific Name:
    Nesomimus macdonaldi
  • Family:
    Mimidae
  • Length:
    28 cm (11 in)
Galapagos Barn Owl

Common resident on Española Island and Gardner-by-Española, breeding from March to April and nesting in trees or cacti. Range does not overlap with any other species of mockingbird.

Identification:

The largest of the mockingbirds in Galapagos with the longest and heaviest bill, and the longest legs. Plumage similar to Galapagos Mockingbird but has a narrower and less conspicuous white collar, and shows heavier streaking on flanks and sides of breast which often extends to form a diffuse, mottled breast-band. Prominent dark malar stripe. Iris hazel. It is the most commonly seen mockingbird in a Galapagos cruise.

Behavior:

Travels mainly on foot and rarely flies. Often found in flocks outside the breeding season. Can be extremely tame.

Voice:

Similar to other species of mockingbird but more strident.

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