Mimidae


Mimidae

▪ bird family
      family of Western Hemisphere songbirds (songbird), order Passeriformes (passeriform), known as the mimic thrushes, or mimids. They include the mockingbirds (mockingbird), catbirds (catbird), and thrashers (thrasher). The family is notable for its excellent songsters and mimics.

      Members range in size from 20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches) long. They have slender, strong bills that are often curved downward; strong feet; short, rounded wings; and long tails. They are closely related to the wrens (wren) (family Troglodytidae), which they resemble in behaviour and colour, being active, aggressive birds of grayish to brownish colouring. They forage for insects and fruit in woodland litter. The family includes the common, or northern, mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) and the gray, or North American, catbird (Dumetella carolinensis), both of which are fine singers and mimics of other birdsong. The brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) is a good singer but does not mimic as frequently as the mockingbird. The Mimidae belong to the songbird suborder ( Passeres).

Sy Montgomery
 

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