Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

Drumetella carolinensis

Gray Catbird


This Gray Catbird spent warm summer days hopping around our compost bin and fence, and then flying to a nearby branch to check us out.  They are very comfortable and curious around people, and can be distinguished from other birds by its cat-like call.  Its confidence leaves you with the warm impression that you have a friend in the garden along side you –playing in the trees.   Gray Catbird’s are an attractive dark gray with a black cap.  A distinguishing trait is a rusty patch of feathers on the underside of its tail (1), but this particular bird did not give me a good view of this part of its anatomy so I found the bird call to be the best distinguishing trait.

Size: 7-9″ (1)

1. Reader’s Digest (1982). North American Wildlife. Pleasantville, N.Y.: Reader’s Digest Association

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