|Scientific Name:||Dumetella carolinensis|
|Habitat:||Forest edges, brushy areas, residential areas|
|Adult Weight:||1.37 - 1.5 oz.|
|Adult Body Length:||7 - 7.75 inches|
|Nesting Period:||May - August|
|Broods Per Year:||2|
|Foods:||Mostly fruit and berries; some insects|
The catbird is known for its ability to mimic sounds around it. It will rarely imitate the sound of other birds and will repeat a phrase only once, while a mockingbird may repeat the same phrase two to three times. Within the phrase, it will include the mew-like call which gives the bird its name.
The mimicking cry of the catbird greeted early settlers when they arrived in Ohio in the late 18th century.
Throughout the nineteenth-century, catbirds have been common in the state.
The catbird population remains stable in Ohio. The songbird migrates into the state at the end of April, early May and leaves around the first week in October.
- Peterjohn, John. The Birds of Ohio; Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN; 1989.