White-banded Mockingbird / Mimus triurus

White-banded Mockingbird / Mimus triurus

White-banded Mockingbird

SCI Name:  Mimus triurus
Protonym:  Turdus triurus Nouv.Dict.Hist.Nat. 20 p.275
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Mimidae /
Taxonomy Code:  whbmoc1
Type Locality:  Paraguay.
Publish Year:  1818
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.

Gr. τρι- tri-  three-  < τρεις treis, τρια tria  three; -ουρος -ouros  -tailed  < ουρα oura  tail; ex “Tres Colas” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 224 (“le Merle du Paraguay, dit la Calendria a trois queues ...M. de Azara a appelé cet oiseau (tres colas, à trois queues), parce qu’il paroît avoir trois queues lorsqu’il vole: cette apparence vient des couleurs des pennes caudales” (Vieillot 1818) (Mimus).