Birds in the garden (BIG) 7: Tropical mockingbird

These common birds on Curacao can be seen and heard over the entire island and can easily be spotted on every beach and even on the Christoffel mountain. These mockingbirds will sometimes copy the songs of other birds, displaying one of the most complex songs in the local bird world.

A high point is ideal for an extensive concert.

ENGLISH: Tropical Mockingbird
DUTCH: Caribische Spotlijster
PAPIAMENTO: Chuchubi
SCIENTIFIC: 𝘔𝘪𝘮𝘶𝘴 𝘨𝘪𝘭𝘷𝘶𝘴


The Tropical mockingbird, or Chuchubi as the bird is locally called, is best known on the island for the singing concerts that are performed especially at sunrise and sunset. The bird is gray in color and is often labeled dull, compared to the bright colors of the troupial. But whoever gives the birds a worthy extra look, will see that these birds are not just gray but have different shades between white, gray and black.

As omnivorous birds, the Chuchubi will eat anything from fruit to animal prey and will end up eating from the dog food bowl just as well as from the overripe bananas put outdoors for birds.

The animals can be seen everywhere, both in gardens and in the mondi where it seems as if there is hardly any food. Due to the omnivorous character of the animals, they survive on ants, caterpillars and sometimes also grab the eggs of other birds. The animal is often confused with the Gray Kingbird.


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