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About the Gray Catbird

Also known as: Slate-colored Mockingbird, Grey Catbird

The Gray Catbird is a medium-sized songbird in the mimid family. Other mimids include mockingbirds and thrashers. Mimids are known for their ability to mimic vocalizations of other birds. The Gray Catbird is named for its mewing cat-like call, but it is also able to mimic other sounds, including bird song, frog calls, and even man-made sounds.

Gray Catbirds live across much of the eastern two-thirds of North America. They are migratory, spending the winter along the Gulf Coast of the United States, Mexico, and Central America, as well as islands of the Caribbean and across the state of Florida.

The population of Gray Catbird is considered to be stable and the species has a conservation status of Least Concern as of July 2013.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 20 July 2013
Scientific Name Dumetella carolinensis
  • Passeriformes
  • Mimidae
  • Dumetella
  • D. carolinensis
Birdorable Family Thrushes & Mimids
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
8.1 to 9.4 inches
8.7 to 12 inches
.82 to 1.99 ounces

International Names

  • 灰嘲鸫 (Chinese)
  • drozdec černohlavý (Czech)
  • Kattedrossel (Danish)
  • Katvogel (Dutch)
  • naukumatkija (Finnish)
  • Moqueur chat (French)
  • Katzenvogel (German)
  • Uccello gatto testanera (Italian)
  • ネコマネドリ [nekomanedori] (Japanese)
  • Kattespottefugl (Norwegian)
  • przedrzezniacz ciemny (Polish)
  • Кошачий пересмешник (Russian)
  • Pájaro-gato Gris (Spanish)
  • Grå kattfågel (Swedish)

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