Birds

The Grey Catbird

 

Size & Shape

A medium-sized, slender songbird with a long, rounded, black tail and a narrow, straight bill. Catbirds are fairly long legged and have broad, rounded wings.

RELATIVE SIZE

Slightly smaller than a Northern Mockingbird

robin-sized

MEASUREMENTS
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 8.3-9.4 in (21-24 cm)
    • Weight: 0.8-2.0 oz (23.2-56.5 g)
    • Wingspan: 8.7-11.8 in (22-30 cm)

Color Pattern

Catbirds give the impression of being entirely slaty gray. With a closer look you’ll see a small black cap, blackish tail, and a rich rufous-brown patch under the tail.
Behavior

Catbirds are secretive but energetic, hopping and fluttering from branch to branch through tangles of vegetation. Singing males sit atop shrubs and small trees. Catbirds are reluctant to fly across open areas, preferring quick, low flights over vegetation.
Habitat

Look for Gray Catbirds in dense tangles of shrubs, small trees, and vines, along forest edges, streamside thickets, old fields, and fencerows.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Gray_Catbird/id

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Newsletter Signup

Sign up now and never miss a thing!

You're Signed Up!

Now that you are signed up, we will send you exclusive offers periodically.