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A remarkable Gray Catbird mimics dozens of bird species (and a frog too!) in northern California. Listen as Greg Budney, audio curator at the Macaulay Library, dissects the recording and notes each snippet of mimicked song.

 

 

 The meowing call of a Gray Catbird. They are called catbirds for a very good reason - their habit of making cat-like meowing sounds!

 

 

 This Gray Catbird is displaying almost all its key ID points at once: a gray, thrush-like bird with a black cap and bright reddish brown just visible under the tail; and a long, halting song made up of many borrowed phrases, ending with a catlike call note.