DSC_0216A Gray Catbird sings one song or another. Catbirds are not named for their striking resemblance to cats, but instead, I think, for the striking resemblance their mewing call has to the meow of their feline foe. Catbirds are also in the family Mimidae, which is comprised of vocal mimics. Birds in this family, such as catbirds and mockingbirds, mimic the songs of other species and develop extensive, and confusing, vocal repertoires. 

 

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