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Chilean Mockingbird.jpg
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

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]

The following species are placed here:

The Nesomimus group includes the following species:

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[edit]


  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. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Mimus at Wikimedia Commons Media related to Nesomimus at Wikimedia Commons