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 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, "Detroit Audubon turns east side park into a haven for bird watchers," 3 Sep. 2019 Another yellow-breasted chat was spotted along with a late gray catbird at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 1 Dec. 2019 The catbird is often out of the spotlight, hidden in the shrubbery. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Audubon turns east side park into a haven for bird watchers," 3 Sep. 2019 My yard is full of catbirds this year, including juveniles. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Summer brings catbirds out in the open," 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, "Tiny birds, incredible journey," 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, "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

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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 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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