Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird
(Dumetella carolinensis)

Order:  Passeriformes
Family:  Mimidae

Photo by B. Mazur [CC-BY-2.0], via WC

Gray Catbird Information

Length:  8 - 9.25"

Breeding Habitat:  Dense thickets along woodland edges; overgrown fields with brushy areas; shrubby swamps; residential areas with shrubs or hedges. Avoids coniferous forests.

Diet:  Insects, such as beetles, grasshoppers, ants, flies, and caterpillars; spiders; fruits and berries, such as blackberries, elderberries, wild grapes, and wild cherries.

  Songs and calls of the Gray Catbird

    Photo of Gray Catbird at Nest

Additional Information
Gray Catbird
Photos, description, voice (including sound files), habitat, range, behavior, and similar species. (From Audubon)

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

Photo © Mike Danzenbaker

Gray Catbird
Identification Tips

  • Slender bill
  • Dark gray plumage
  • Dark eye
  • Chestnut undertail coverts
  • Crown and tail black
  • Black legs
  • Sexes similar
  • Often found in dense vegetation
  • Distinctive call like cat's meow

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Gray Catbird Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Range in New England

The Gray Catbird breeds throughout New England. It is found during the winter only in the southernmost areas of the region, with rare exceptions.

Winter Map from eBird

Sightings of the Gray Catbird Nov-Mar over last 10 years

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS