- Dumetella carolinensis
8-9 inches (21-24 cm)
Smaller than American Robin
- Dark gray
- Black cap
- Rusty undertail coverts
- Slender, long-tailed
Thickets and brush, residential areas and gardens.
A ground feeder, turning the leaf litter over with the beak
The bulky nest is hidden in bushes or vines. Four or five shiny blue-green eggs are laid
Consists of insects and fallen berries
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.
- 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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Gray Catbird. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 14 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Gray_Catbird