In the summer, they can be found from the east coast of North America to the prairie and Rocky Mountains. They spend the winter along the Gulf of Mexico and the southern east coast.
They are found in thickets in dense cover and bushes.
They are dark gray all over with a black cap and rusty-brown under their tail.
They flick their long tails. They have a cat-like meowing call. They can copy the songs of other birds.
They eat insects, spiders, and millipedes in the spring and more fruit by the fall. They can eat the berries of poison ivy.
Catbirds can build many nests of twigs and grass in thick bushes, but in the end, use only one. Females sit on (incubate) the eggs while the male stands guard.
Species: D. carolinensis
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