Often in the nesting season, the Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) is a close neighbor of man. Like the Mockingbird, the Gray Catbird is regarded as a mimic, but it is less an actual imitator than a plagiarist of musical ideas. As one listener put it, the catbird “suggests the songs of various birds (never delivers the notes in their way!”
It burbles along, now loud, now soft, uttering a long run of squeaky phrases, seldom repeating itself. It gets its name from its call note); a petulant, cat-like mew. The Gray Catbird can be found in undergrowth in woodlands, hedgerows, brushy areas, suburbs, and parks.