Behavior

Most mimids are not excessively shy and some species are noted for their demonstrative and rambunctious behavior. Many species, especially of the genus Mimus, have exploited very modified habitats and live in comfortable proximity to man in suburban locations. Some others, such as the Crissal thrasher (Toxostoma crissale), an inhabitant of riparian brush-

A brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) with eggs at its nest in Arizona. (Photo by F. Truslow/VIREO. Reproduced by permission.)
Hood mockingbird (Nesomimus macdonaldi) attacks a waved albatross egg on Hood Island, one of the Galápagos Islands. (Photo by George Holton. Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

land in the American Southwest, are very secretive, rushing into dense cover at the slightest disturbance. Most members of the family spend much of their time on the ground or in the lower levels of vegetation, even though they may sing from exposed perches. Many species are notably aggressive, not hesitating to harass cats, dogs, or corvids by physical attack.

The songs of most mimids are loud, liquid, and generally very attractive. In some cases, especially the mockingbirds, there are strong imitative elements of other species. Some species sing at night.

without seabird colonies such as Chatham (San Cristóbal) are more conventional in diet.

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