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Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Catbird

Length about 9 inches; the slaty gray plumage and black cap and tail are distinctive.  Breeds throughout the United States west to New Mexico, Utah, Oregon, and Washington, and in southern Canada; winters from the Gulf States to Panama.

In some localities the catbird is fairly common.  Tangled growths are its favorite nesting places and retreats, and ornamental shrubbery around houses will attract and keep them inside a town.  The bird has a fine song, frequently broken by mewing like a cat.  Its habits are somewhat similar to those of its cousin, the mockingbird, with song almost as varied, but it is more secretive and usually sings while hidden in the bushes.  It feeds on fruit and insects, and can be lured to shelves and windows by raisins, cherries, or chopped apples.

 


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