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

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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,, "Tiny birds, incredible journey," 20 Apr. 2018 Robins and catbirds will compete for plump, vermilion winterberries. Bart Ziegler, WSJ, "Save the Songbirds: Plant These Shrubs and Bushes," 13 Sep. 2017 In fact, pokeweed is an important food source for myriad songbirds, including cardinals, catbirds and mockingbirds. Dave Taft, New York Times, "The Vegetarian’s Puffer Fish," 5 Oct. 2017 Gray catbirds, towhees and bobwhite quails flock to the clusters of vibrant amethyst fruits on the American beautyberry bush. Bart Ziegler, WSJ, "Save the Songbirds: Plant These Shrubs and Bushes," 13 Sep. 2017 Throw netting over peach trees to keep off marauding catbirds. Sally Mccabe,, "July 21-27: In the garden, it's time to …," 21 July 2017 The frog chorus from the bordering creek is boisterous, and the catbirds meow from the cottonwoods. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Take a cue from nature and 'hide' veggies in plain sight," 28 June 2017 She identified by ear a cedar waxwing, a reclusive wood thrush, a gray catbird (with its catty mew), a red-winged blackbird, a tree swallow, several cardinals and a frenetic blue-gray gnatcatcher. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Methodist Home site Decatur purchased holds historical, natural gems," 14 May 2017

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1709, in the meaning defined above

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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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