Gray Catbird

A gray catbird is aptly named. If you hear something in the bushes that sounds like a cat, it may be a gray catbird. They tend to stay low in the bushes and love to eat berries. They can be hard to see since they hide among the leaves, but with patience you can see them. I was recently working in my office with the window open and heard a catbird outside my window. I have a beauty berry bush in that location with beautiful purple berries. The catbird was enjoying the berries and I had a good view from inside the house. These birds are charcoal gray with a black patch of feathers on their head and rust-colored feathers under their tail. In St. Augustine, we have many of them in the winter.

A branch of purple berries on an American Beautyberry bush in St. Augustine, Florida.

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