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Grey Catbird

Dumetella carolinensis


Medium-sized northern American perching bird, Slate gray with black cap. rufous undertail coverts; slim. Long, black tail. ( Sounds or voice sometimes "catlike" mewing - distinctive of the mimid family. These birds mainly forage on the ground in leaf litter, but also in shrubs and trees. They mainly eat arthropods and berries. (wikipedia)


Native to temperate areas east of the Rocky Mountains. They migrate south for the winter. For breeding - prefer semi-open areas with dense, low growth; they are also found in urban, suburban, and rural habitats.


Caught by BRI wildlife research biologists, as part of migratory bird banding and study. They build a bulky cup nest in a shrub or tree, close to the ground. Eggs are light blue in color, and clutch size ranges from 1–5, with 2–3 eggs most common. Both parents take turns feeding the young birds. (wikipedia)

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Maine, USA

Spotted on Jun 8, 2012
Submitted on Aug 9, 2012

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