Mockingbirds, Thrashes (Family Mimidae)

 

The mimids are the New World family of passerine birds, Mimidae,
that includes thrashers, mockingbirds, tremblers, and the New World
catbirds. As their name (Latin for "mimic") suggests, these birds are
notable for their vocalization, especially some species' remarkable
ability to mimic a wide variety of birds and other sounds heard outdoors.

 

There are over 30 species of mimids. They tend towards dull grays
and browns in their appearance, though a few are black or blue-gray,
and many have red, yellow, or white irises. They range from 20 to 33
centimetres in length, and 36 to 56 grams in weight. Many mimids
have a rather thrush-like pattern: brown above, pale with dark streaks
or spots below. They tend to have longer tails than thrushes (or the
bigger wrens, which they also resemble) and longer bills that in many
species curve downward.

 

 

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