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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Infraordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Muscicapoidea

Familia: Mimidae
Genus: Mimus
Species: M. dorsalis - M. gilvus - M. graysoni - M. gundlachii - M. longicaudatus - M. macdonaldi - M. melanotis - M. parvulus - M. patagonicus - M. polyglottos - M. saturninus - M. thenca - M. trifasciatus - M. triurus.
Name

Mimus Boie, 1826

Typus

Turdus polyglottos Linnaeus, 1758 = Mimus polyglottos

Synonyms

Mimetes Gloger, 1841

References

Boie, F. 1826. Generalübersicht der ornithologischen Ordnungen, Familien und Gattungen. Isis, oder Encyclopädische Zeitung von Oken 19: 969–981. BHLReference page. Original citation p.972 BHL

Mimus is a bird genus in the family Mimidae. It contains the typical mockingbirds. In 2007, the genus Nesomimus was merged into Mimus by the American Ornithologists' Union.[1] The genus name is Latin for "mimic".[2]

The following species are placed here:

Brown-backed mockingbird, Mimus dorsalis
Bahama mockingbird, Mimus gundlachii
Long-tailed mockingbird, Mimus longicaudatus
Patagonian mockingbird, Mimus patagonicus
Chilean mockingbird, Mimus thenca
White-banded mockingbird, Mimus triurus
Northern mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos
Socorro mockingbird, Mimus graysoni
Tropical mockingbird, Mimus gilvus
Chalk-browed mockingbird, Mimus saturninus

The Nesomimus group includes the following species endemic to the Galápagos Islands:

Hood mockingbird, Mimus macdonaldi
Galápagos mockingbird, Mimus parvulus
Floreana mockingbird or Charles mockingbird, Mimus trifasciatus
San Cristóbal mockingbird, Mimus melanotis

The Nesomimus group is endemic to the Galápagos Islands. These mockingbirds were important in Charles Darwin's development of the theory of evolution by natural selection.

Previous to the merger between Nesomimus and Mimus scientists have proved in 1971 that both groups can produce hybrids. Robert I. Bowman and Anne Carter have studied a female Galápagos mockingbird and a male from the long-tailed mockingbird subspecies Mimus longicaudatus punensis that have interbred. They raised a hybrid offspring to adulthood.[3]
See also

List of commonly used taxonomic affixes

References

American Ornithologists' Union, changes since 2005
Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 255. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
BOWMAN, R. I. and A. CARTER (1971). "Egg-pecking behavior in Galapagos mockingbirds". Living Bird 10:243-270. ISSN 1059-521X.

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