San Cristobal Mockingbird Facts

Name: San Cristobal Mockingbird
Family: Mimidae
Scientific name: Nesomimus macdonaldi
Length: 20 cm (11 in)
Weight: n/a

Category: Land Birds
Number of Species: 49
Endemic Species: 22

In total, 49 species of land birds have been recorded in the Galapagos, 22 of which are endemic to the Islands. Land birds can be divided into 5 categories: Diurnal Raptors, Night Birds, Larger Land Birds, Aerial Feeders and Smaller Land Birds.

Category: Land Birds
Endemic Subspecies: Galapagos Mockingbird, Charles Mockingbird, Hood Mockingbird, Chatham Mockingbird

Mockingbirds are medium-sized land birds with long tails, longish legs and long, narrow, decurved bills. The plumage of the species in Galapagos is rather drab, with brownish upperparts and pale underparts.

Common resident on San Cristobal Island, breeding from October to April nesting in trees or cacti. Range does not overlap with any other species of mockingbird.

Similar in size and structure to Galapagos Mockingbird but intermediate in plumage between that species and Hood Mockingbird. Shows a narrow white collar, prominent streaking on flanks and sides of breast, which often extends to form a diffuse breast-band, and a distinct dark malar stripe. Iris greenish.

Loud and melodious but variable.

Galapagos San Cristobal Mockingbird