Gray Catbird

February 07, 2007

Well, duh, yeah it's gray (except for the ruddy patch under the tail, of course). The Catbird is fairly widespread and common. The name refers to a distinctive, almost hoarse mewing that is part of its catalog of sounds. They can be found in the family Mimidae, which include Mockingbirds and Thrashers. I heard some harrowing field work tales this past week, and not the least of which was a cautionary fable as to why one should never, EVER stand or sit beneath a bird with mouth open. I won't even recommend standing underneath this painting - so move along and keep yer mouth shut!


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