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San Cristobal mockingbird

San Cristobal mockingbird
© Prof W G Hale

Common name:

San Cristobal mockingbird

Scientific name:

Mimus melanotis

Spanish name:

Cucuve de San Cristóbal

Conservation status:



Maximum size:

25 centimetres

Average weight:

50 grams


San Cristobal mockingbirds are the smallest of the mockingbird species found in Galapagos. They are largish grey and white birds with a long tail, slightly curved bill, black face mask and a blotchy grey breast. Juveniles have a heavily spotted breast.  

They are found across the island of San Cristobal from the coast to the highlands, but they are less common in areas of dense woodland. They are omnivores and feed on a wide range of food items including insects, fruit, small lizards and crabs. They occasionally peck iguanas for ticks.  

Unlike other mockingbird species, San Cristobal mockingbirds do not exhibit cooperative breeding, where birds gather in groups and help each other raise their young. On San Cristobal, territories are only held by a single pair. They generally nest from January to April. They build a nest of twigs in trees or Opuntia cacti and lay two to five eggs. The female sits on the eggs and both parents feed the hatchlings.  

San Cristobal mockingbirds in Galapagos

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