catbird

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cat·bird

noun \ˈkat-ˌbərd\

Definition of CATBIRD

:  an American songbird (Dumetella carolinensis) that is dark gray in color with a black cap and reddish coverts under the tail and is related to the mockingbird

First Known Use of CATBIRD

1709

catbird

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several passerine species of the families Mimidae, Timaliidae, and Ptolonorhynchidae, named for their mewing calls, which they use in addition to song. The North American catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) is 9 in. (23 cm) long and gray with a black cap. It is found in gardens and thickets. The black catbird (Melanoptila glabrirostris) is found in coastal Yucatán. Three species of the bowerbird family are also called catbirds; they are found in Australia, New Guinea, and nearby islands and do not build bowers but hold territories in the forest by loud singing.

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