I liis slim, streaked bird feeds unobtrusively on the ground most of the time, flitting up to a perch to titter its quiet, repeated, single note. It feeds on insects in summer and mainly on seeds in winter.

• NliST A cup nest made of grass and moss, lined with finer fibers, placed in a hedge or bush.

• Distribution Most of

Kurope and parts of the Middle Kast.

• gray patches on shoulders and throat crouched posture

Family MlMlDAK

Species QumtuHa earolinensis

Family MlMlDAK

Species QumtuHa earolinensis

¡dark frown


• slate-gray /¡Inmage above and below

Gray Catbird

I he cathirtl is so named because of its descending, catlike "mew" call. It is furtive but is a moderately common bird of dense thickets in deciduous woodlands, often living in gardens and town parks. I lere it keeps low, often skulking on the ground, feeding 011 berries, seeds, insects, and invertebrates.

• tail is usually «NEST A cup tilted iifi nt;s[ madc of twi{;s lined with finer rootlets, and placed in a bush or tangle of undergrowth.

• DlSTRIBl ITION Breeds in S. Canada and much of the USA. Winters in S.E. I ISA, parts of the Caribbean, and Central America to Panama.

• REMARK Kike the related Northern Mockingbird, this bird imitates songs of other birds, but its performances are quieter and less varied, and it does not repeat phrases as Mockingbirds do.

¡dark frown distribution

• slate-gray /¡Inmage above and below

Plumage Sexes alike


Migration Mjgran[

Famil>' Mimidab

Species \n„lus potygtottos

Length HI in (25 cm)

white wing long legs for » foraging on the ground

• NEST An open cup nest made of sticks, lined with rootlets, fine grass, leaves, and plant down, and placed 011 a low branch I11 a shrub or thicket.

• Distribution Parts of I ISA and most of Mexico. Northern populations migrate south within this range in winter.

• REMARK The birds name is a reference to its mimicry of other birds. DISTRIBUTION

white wing long legs for » foraging on the ground

Northern MockiSjcjbird

A bold, noisy, and aggressive bird, this species is willing to live among humans, as long as gardens or woods with thickets can be found. It also thrives in semidesert. This species is a skillful mimic and incorporates memorized phrases as part of |( vi-.nii its song, typically repeating each one several times over. Its diet consists of fruit, berries, and insects.

Fami|)' Mimidak

Species Toxostoma rufum

• yellow eye distinguishes this species from thrushes, which ure dark-eyed

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