San Cristóbal mockingbird

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San Cristóbal mockingbird
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
Genus: Mimus
M. melanotis
Binomial name
Mimus melanotis
(Gould, 1837)

Nesomimus melanotis

The San Cristóbal mockingbird or Chatham mockingbird (Mimus melanotis) is a species of bird in the family Mimidae. It is endemic to San Cristóbal Island in the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, and subtropical or tropical moist shrubland.


Although this species does not have white wing patches, it does a "wing flash" movement similar to that done by Mimus mockingbirds that do have such patches. It runs a short distance, briefly opens its wings to two-thirds of full extension, then extends them fully to a position just above horizontal.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Mimus melanotis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Hundley, Margaret H. "Wing-flashing in the Galápagos Mockingbird" (PDF). The Auk. 80 (3): 372.

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