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Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)


Photo © Debbie McKenzie

Gray Catbird nest

Photo © René Corado

Gray Catbird eggs

Photo © René Corado

Gray Catbird eggs

Photo © J.M. Kosciw

Gray Catbird nest

Photo © Michael J. Hopiak / CLO

Adult

Photo © Bryan Calk | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Suzanne Labbé | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Jeff Bolsinger | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Ryan Schain | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Rick Beaudon | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Barry Blust | Macaulay Library

Song

© Randolph Little | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Bruce A. Sorrie | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Wil Hershberger | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Paul Driver

Fledgling calls

© Hope Batcheller | Macaulay Library

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

open woodland

shrub

Substrates

Live Tree Branch

Bush or Shrub

Vine or Tangle

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cup

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

3
5

Nest Height

10 ft
3 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

12-15
days

Brooding Period

10-15
days

Useful Hints

  • The male Gray Catbird uses his loud song to proclaim his territory. He uses a softer version of the song when near the nest or when a bird intrudes on his territory. The female may sing the quiet song back to the male.
  • Females build the nests, with males sometimes supplying materials.
  • The Gray Catbird’s long song may last for up to 10 minutes.