Predation of a Lizard by a Mockingbird in Trinidad and Tobago

Nigel Gains


On 7 June, 2003, I saw a Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus) “hovering” in front of a stone wall . It then landed in the middle of the road and dropped a small lizard, which managed to run about 50 cm before it was caught again. The mockingbird flew with the lizard into a neighbouring garden where it was no longer in view. The lizard could not be identified (it was about 10 m away), but was the size of a species of Gonatodes vittatus.

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