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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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While gray catbirds may occasionally be found year-round - mostly in central and northern Florida - they are common statewide in winter and can be abundant during migration. The preferred habitat is dense thickets of shrubs and vines in woodlands, but also occasional in residential areas. I have noticed that most of my catbird sightings also include cardinals.
Distinctly uniform slaty gray, with a dark blackish cap and rufous rump (the undertail coverts). Smaller than their kin the mockingbird, Dumetella carolinensis are typically 21.5 cm (8-1/2 in.) long and have a wingspan of 28 cm (11 in.).
Catbirds have several calls, one is their namesake cat-like mewing mwee or meeur. Other songs can last for minutes and consist of seemingly random whistles, squeaks, whines, gurgles and other sounds.
For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds page for this species
Date record last modified:
Nov 11, 2018