Gray Catbird

Dumetella carolinensis

Normally absent from the southwestern corner of the USA, these birds breed over most of the lower forty-eight and into southern Canada. They spend winters on the Atlantic Seaboard south from New England and around the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Current scientific thought is this species is monotypic, meaning there are no subspecies recognised.

This member of the thrasher clan can, like its cousins, mimic other bird songs and incorporate them into their own vocal offerings. The genus translates to small bird of the thornbushes and is well suited to the lifestyle enjoyed by these birds. Even while singing, this bird prefers not the prominent perches one might expect, but concealed withing the thickets, this bird issues its melodic songs.

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