Catbirds, Mockingbirds, and Thrashers
Spring, Summer, Fall
Gray Catbird Facts
Males and females both have slate gray feathers with faintly black cap to head, black-tinted tail, and reddish-brown feathers under the tail. Juveniles are a slightly duller shade all over, including duller brown feathers under tail.
Usually at forest edges, fields, and in large green spaces. Gray catbirds nest and roost inside vines, bushes, and other tangling understory plants.
A relatively secretive songbird, the gray catbird typically forages on the ground via short flights from his hiding spots. If another bird tries to take over his territory, a male catbird will transform from shy warbler to tough guy, puffing up his chest and spreading out his tail in an attempt to visually intimidate his challenger.
Small insects (ants, catepillars, moths) and fruits (blackberries, raspberries, and the like).
Gray catbirds do, at times, sound like cats: one of their calls comes across like meow. Their song is a long series of staccato chirps and tweets.