Gray Catbird - Ottawa, Ontario by Michael Cummings

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“The Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis), also spelled Grey Catbird, is a medium-sized northern American perching bird of the mimid family. It is the only member of the “catbird” genus Dumetella. Like the Black Catbird (Melanoptila glabrirostris), it is among the basal lineages of the Mimidae, probably a closer relative of the Caribbean thrasher and trembler assemblage than of the mockingbirds and Toxostoma thrashers.

Adults weigh around 35–40 grams (1.2–1.4 oz)2 and are plain lead gray almost all over. The top of the head is darker. The undertail coverts are rust-colored and the remiges and rectrices are black, some with white borders. The slim bill, the eyes and the legs and feet are also blackish. Males and females cannot be distinguished by their looks; different behaviour in the breeding season is usually the only clue to the observer. Juveniles are even plainer in coloration, with buffy undertail coverts.

This species is named for its cat-like call. Like many members of the Mimidae (most famously mockingbirds), it also mimics the songs of other birds, as well as those of Hylidae (tree frogs), and even mechanical sounds." Wikipedia

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490 MM
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October in Birds of Ontario Calendar


  • SofaKingWeird
    SofaKingWeirdover 4 years ago

    Awesome shot, an instant favorite.

  • Thank you very much Troy

    – Michael Cummings

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 4 years ago

    A beautifully composed picture. A cute little bird, too. x

  • Thank you Lori, these guys are one of my favourite birds

    – Michael Cummings

  • jammingene
    jammingeneover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Gene

    – Michael Cummings

  • Kymie
    Kymieover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Michael, what a gorgeous little bird :-)

  • Thanks Kymie, the gray colour has an unusual tone to it making the bird attractive as opposed to a dull gray bird

    – Michael Cummings

  • Sunsetdaze
    Sunsetdazeover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture Michael! Looks wonderful with the bird so clearly in focus against the beautiful branches.

  • Thank you very much Cynthia

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bikertazza
    Bikertazzaover 4 years ago

    Michael, this is beautiful. Love the soft bokeh too.

  • Thank you Tazza, it is always tricky when shooting towards the sun, but the leaves gave it an unusual quality

    – Michael Cummings

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  • Thank you Sue

    – Michael Cummings

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray

    – Michael Cummings

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    magnificent capture

  • Thank you Kathy

    – Michael Cummings

  • silvercircles
    silvercirclesover 4 years ago

    This beautiful bird is made all the more beautiful by the lovely green background and the composition. Great work!!

  • Thank you very much Rebie

    – Michael Cummings

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