Española Mockingbird

Española Mockingbird / Mimus macdonaldi

Española Mockingbird

Here the details of the Española Mockingbird named bird below:

SCI Name:  Mimus macdonaldi
Protonym:  Nesomimus macdonaldi Proc.U.S.Natl.Mus. 12(1889) p.103
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Mimidae /
Taxonomy Code:  hoomoc1
Type Locality:  Hood Island, Galapagos.
Publish Year:  1890
IUCN Status:  


(Mimidae; Ϯ Northern Mockingbird M. polyglottos) L. mimus  mimic  < Gr. μιμος mimos  mimic; "Hernandez justly calls it the queen of all singing birds. The Indians, by way of eminence or admiration, call it cencontlatolly, or four hundred tongues; and we call it (though not by so elevated a name, yet very properly) the mock-bird, from its wonderful mocking and imitating the notes of all birds, from the humming-bird to the eagle" (Catesby 1731); "LE GRAND MOQUEUR ...  MIMUS MAJOR ...  il chante très-bien, & imite parfaitement le chant de tous les Oiseaux" (Brisson 1760): based on "Mimus" of Charleton 1668, "Mock-bird" of Catesby 1731, and other references; "Mimus Briss.  Turdus polyglottus Lin. enl. 645. u.v.a." (Boie 1826); "Mimus Boie, 1826, Isis von Oken, p. 972. Type, by monotypy, Turdus polyglottos Linnaeus." (Davis & Miller in Peters 1960, IX, 442).
Var. Mimetes, MinusMemus, Nemus.
Synon. Leucomimus, Mimodes, Nesomimus, Orpheus, Skotiomimus.

L. mimus  mimic  < Gr. μιμος mimos  mimic.

● James David Macdonald (1908-2002) Scottish ornithologist at BMNH 1935-1968, collector in the Sudan 1938-1939, South West Africa 1950-1951, and Australia 1962-1963 (where he emigrated 1968) (syn. Bradypterus cinnamomeus, subsp. Calendulauda alopex, subsp. Chersomanes albofasciata).
● Original spelling of subsp. name Chlamydera maculata macdonnelli Mathews, 1913 (= syn. Chlamydera guttata).
● Kenneth Campbell Macdonald (b. 1868) British officer with Burma Police 1886-1910 (syn. Lophura horsfieldii).
● Col. Marshall McDonald (1835-1895) US ichthyologist with US Fisheries Department (Mimus).