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Blue Mockingbird
Melanotis caerulescens
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Superfamily: Muscicapoidea
Clade: Starling clade
Family: Mimidae
Genus: Melanotis
Bonaparte, 1850
  • Melanotis caerulescens
  • Melanotis hypoleucus

Melanotis is a genus of bird in the Mimidae family. It contains the following species:


The word Melanotis is derived from the Ancient Greek roots melano-/μελανο- "black" and ot-/ὠτ- "ear".[1]


The two Melanotis species are the world's most brightly colored mockingbirds.[2]


  1. ^ Liddell, Henry George and Robert Scott (1980). A Greek-English Lexicon (Abridged Edition). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. pp. 431, 507. ISBN 0-19-910207-4. 
  2. ^ Alderfer, Jonathan (2009). National Geographic Complete Birds of the World. National Geographic Books. p. 310. ISBN 1426204035. 


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