Bahama Mockingbirds

Bahama Mockingbird portraitBahama Mockingbird portrait

A few days ago I posted about the Northern Mockingbird flight display and today I’d like to share two images of Bahama Mockingbirds photographed in the Bahamas in 2009. I was on Half Moon Cay as part of a tour and was enchanted by the Bahama Mockingbirds and the Bananaquits that I saw there.  The island was beautiful too and the waters that surround it were inviting, warm and multiple shades of blues.

Perched Bahama MockingbirdPerched Bahama Mockingbird

Bahama Mockingbirds are slightly larger than Northern Mockingbirds and are shyer than them too. Bahama Mockingbirds are browner than Northern Mockingbirds and they also have dark streaking on their rear flanks and undertail coverts along with a dark lateral stripe on their throats.

I didn’t hear the birds I photographed call much but some of their call can be found here.

Bahama Mockingbirds occasionally show up in Florida as vagrant, this year one has even shown up on the west coast of Florida.


* I am wandering some where, probably some place with a bird in my viewfinder. Feel free to share this post with family & friends!

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing birds. My approach is to photograph the birds without disturbing their natural behavior. I don't bait, use set ups or call them in. I use Nikon gear and has multiple camera bodies and lenses.


  1. Beautiful photos, like always :)

  2. A truly gorgeous thing. Thank you.

  3. Sweet! Every once in a while one comes over to visit us in Florida, but so far I haven’t been able to see one.

  4. These are great shots and info. When we were in the Galapagos, we found out that each island has its own indigenous mockingbird, each with a different song and coloring. In fact, they are just as important to the island’s history, ecology and evolution as the finches!

  5. Beautiful close up on the first one, well done Mia.

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