Gray Catbird
(Dumetella carolinenisis)

Catbird
Photo by permission of Randy Newman

Seasons in Walnut Creek: Summer resident; migratory

The gray cat bird is a mimic bird which means it can use other bird calls as well as its own. Its normal call sounds like a cat meowing and that is why it is called a catbird. Another surprising feature is that it has no subspecies. It is also sometimes called the black mockingbird. It migrates much earlier than other birds; once seen in Florida in January where it does not migrate to.

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Key Behaviors:

Habit and Range:

Walnut Creek Sighting: Seen along greenway on late September of 2008.

Catbird
Photo by permission of Randy Newman
Catbird
Photo by permission of Randy Newman


This page prepared by 8th grader Jacob S.
Exploris Middle School - Fall 2008