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Gray Catbird

Dumetella carolinensis


A medium-sized perching bird of the mimid family, they range in length from 20.5 to 24 cm and span 22 to 30 cm across the wings. Gray catbirds are plain lead gray while top of the head is darker. The undertail coverts are rust-colored, and the remiges and rectrices are black, some with white borders. The slim bill, the eyes, and the legs and feet are also blackish.


Spotted at Central Park, New York. Gray catbirds migrate to the southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean in winter. Catbirds prefer a dense vegetative substrate, especially if thorny vegetation is present. Scrublands, woodland edges, overgrown farmland and abandoned orchards are generally among the preferred locations of the catbird.


Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Passeriformes Family: Mimidae Genus: Dumetella

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Spotted on May 17, 2020
Submitted on May 22, 2020

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