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Photo of Galapagos mockingbird

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The Galapagos mockingbird (Nesomimus parvulus, above) is the most widespread of the four species—the other three are restricted to single islands. This one was foraging under giant cacti on Santa Fé Island until I approached close enough to evoke its interest. The population on this island has a symbiosis with the large land iguanas on the island, pecking at bugs and parasites in the reptiles' skin.

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Learn about Galapagos mockingbird natural history

"... and the mockingbird warbles in the early forenoon before the dew is gone, warbles in the underbrush of my Chattanoogas of hope, gushes over the blue Ozark foothills of my wishes — And I got the eagle and the mockingbird from the wilderness."

Carl SandburgWilderness 1918

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