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A secretive, but curious skulker of dense thickets, the Gray Catbird is heard more than it is seen. Its rambling song contains imitations of other bird songs, but the characteristic "mew" that gives it its name is not an imitation and sounds only vaguely cat-like.
Similar to adult.
Song is a long slow series of warbled notes, ranging from whistles to squeaks, often including imitations of the songs and calls of other birds. Notes not given multiple times. Calls a raspy "mew" and a chattered "chek-chek-chek."
Breeds across southern Canada, southward to northeastern Arizona, and eastward to northern Florida.
Winters along East Coast from southern Massachusetts to Florida, and from the Gulf Coast southward into Central America and the Caribbean.
Found in dense, shrubby habitats, such as abandoned farmland, fencerows, roadsides, streamsides, forest edges, and some residential areas.
Insects and small fruits.
Gleans insects off vegetation and from ground.
Nest in dense shrubs, small trees, and vines. Nest a bulky cup made of twigs, bark, straw, mud, and sometimes paper and plastic. Lined with rootlets, fine grass, or hair.
Color: Uniform turquoise green.
Clutch Size1-5 eggs.
Condition at Hatching
Helpless and partially covered with dark down.
Widespread and common, but number in Southeast declining.
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