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Floreana Mockingbirds or Charles Mockingbirds



The Floreana Mockingbirds or Charles Mockingbird (Nesomimus trifasciatus) is a bird species in the family Mimidae.


Distribution and Status

It is endemic to Floreana, one of the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador; at present it only occurs on offshore islets however. This bird species inhabits subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.

Formerly classified as a Endangered species by the IUCN, recent research shows that its numbers are decreasing more and more rapidly, and it is on the brink of extinction. It is consequently uplisted to Critically Endangered status in 2008.


Re-population efforts

Today, two small sub-populations are extant on the small satellite islets of Champion and Gardner-by-Floreana. They are due to be re-introduced as a third, possibly hybridized population on Floreana (due to genetic compatibility and hybrid viability revealed through analysis of the Darwin-Fitzroy collections)


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