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Hood mockingbird

(Mimus macdonaldi)

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Description

The Hood mockingbird (Mimus macdonaldi) also known as the Española mockingbird is a species of bird in the Mimidae family.It is endemic to Española Island in the Galápagos Islands,Ecuador,and it is one of four closely related mockingbird species endemic to the Galápagos archipelago.It is found in dry forests and is omnivorous,though it primarily is a carnivore or scavenger.The species has a highly territorial social structure and has no fear of humans.It is the only species of Galápagos mockingbird that Charles Darwin did not see or collect on the voyage of the BeagleSimilar to the other species of Galápagos mockingbirds,this species has a mottled gray and brown plumage with a white underbelly.A long tail and legs give the bird its distinctive appearance.The species has a long,thin beak,useful for tapping into the eggs of seabirds.The species has the largest bill of any of the Galápagos mockingbirds.The species,along with the other Galápagos mockingbirds,is most closely related to the Bahama mockingbird (Mimus gundlachii),despite the closer geographical proximity of Ecuador's long-tailed mockingbird (Mimus longicaudatus

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Mimidae
Genus:Mimus
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