catbird

noun
cat·​bird | \ ˈkat-ˌbərd How to pronounce catbird (audio) \

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

Examples of catbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even so, an especially noisy bird was clearly audible among the leaves nearby, and a Merlin utility called Sound ID nailed it: a gray catbird. David Owen, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Observers spotted a chimney swift and a gray catbird in Belmont and an orchard oriole in Needham. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2021 By planting native flowers and grasses, bird watchers soon will begin seeing species like the indigo bunting, sparrows, pheasants, goldfinch and catbirds. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2019 Another yellow-breasted chat was spotted along with a late gray catbird at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Dec. 2019 The catbird is often out of the spotlight, hidden in the shrubbery. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2019 My yard is full of catbirds this year, including juveniles. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, 18 July 2019 Warblers and thrashers, hummingbirds and catbirds, redstarts and orioles, dozens of migratory species can be seen or heard on the narrow slip of land between Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Ben Raines, AL.com, 20 Apr. 2018 Warblers and thrashers, hummingbirds and catbirds, redstarts and orioles, dozens of migratory species can be seen or heard on the narrow slip of land between Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Ben Raines, AL.com, 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of catbird

1709, in the meaning defined above

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“Catbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catbird. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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catbird

noun
cat·​bird | \ ˈkat-ˌbərd How to pronounce catbird (audio) \

Kids Definition of catbird

: a dark gray songbird that has a call like a cat's meow

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