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Gray Catbird

From Opus

Photo ©  by digitalbirderGallagher Lake, British Columbia, Canada, June 5, 2004
Photo © by digitalbirder
Gallagher Lake, British Columbia, Canada, June 5, 2004
Dumetella carolinensis


[edit] Identification

8-9 inches (21-24 cm)
Smaller than American Robin

  • Dark gray
  • Black cap
  • Rusty undertail coverts
  • Slender, long-tailed

[edit] Distribution

[edit] Breeding

ImmaturePhoto ©  by tetoneonNew Jersey, USA, July 2012
Photo © by tetoneon
New Jersey, USA, July 2012

North America: from British Columbia, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia south to Washington, Texas, and Georgia.

[edit] Non-breeding

From Carolinas and Gulf Coast southward, small numbers occur regularly to southern New England.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly known as "Catbird," this bird has had its name changed officially to Gray Catbird because there is an all-black species, the Black Catbird in southern Mexico.

[edit] Habitat

Thickets and brush, residential areas and gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

Photo © by padmartinVirginia, USA, July 2006
Photo © by padmartin
Virginia, USA, July 2006

A ground feeder, turning the leaf litter over with the beak

[edit] Breeding

The bulky nest is hidden in bushes or vines. Four or five shiny blue-green eggs are laid

[edit] Diet

Consists of insects and fallen berries

[edit] Vocalisation

Song: A long, irregular succession of musical and mechanical notes and phrases. Sometimes seems to mimic other birds.

  • Cat-like mewing
  • Ratchett call when alarmed
  • Soft whip and chip given at nest between pairs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)
  3. eNature

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