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Gray Catbird - Hamilton, 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

Nikon D300
1/100
F5.6
ISO 250
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
No Flash
550 MM
Monopod
WB Sunny

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birds, calls, ecology, forest, mimics, nature, songs, trees, wilderness, wildlife

Comments

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured!!!! They’re too fast for me!! lol

  • Thank you Lorilee

    – Michael Cummings

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Lovely crisp image, Michael. Looks so nice with the gray bird and branch against the soft green.

  • Got lucky on this one, it stayed in a great spot to shoot

    – Michael Cummings

  • bowenite
    boweniteabout 4 years ago

    Great photo with nice detail. Very well done. regards Gordon.

  • Thank you very much Gordon

    – Michael Cummings

  • tcat757
    tcat757about 4 years ago

  • Thank you Tammie

    – Michael Cummings

  • TxGimGim
    TxGimGimabout 4 years ago

    Very nice.

  • Thanks TX

    – Michael Cummings

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickabout 4 years ago

    Just gorgeous! Love the contrasts in your captures Michael.

  • Thank you very much Kimberly :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithabout 4 years ago

    So very good,….How does that monopod work out for you?,…Looks like it did good for this shot.

  • Thank you John, the monopod has some advantages over a tripod in being lighter but some disadvantages as well

    – Michael Cummings

  • John44
    John44about 4 years ago

    My friend :
    Great colors and well seen and composed!!

    John

  • Thank you very much John

    – Michael Cummings

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous image with wonderful detail.

  • Thank you Rosalie

    – Michael Cummings

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 4 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank s Rick

    – Michael Cummings

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