Mockingbirds & Thrashers

Gray Catbird

An adult gray catbird perches on a branch.

What Does a Catbird Look Like? A slim, slate-gray bird about 9 inches long, the catbird is distinguished by a solid black cap and a bright chestnut patch under its tail. Because of its habit of cocking its tail, this patch is often visible. Catbirds are easy to recognize because—no matter what age, sex, or… Read more

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird (Photo: Creative Commons)

Look for The mockingbird is fairly large (9 to 11 inches long) with medium-gray upperparts and a pale breast and belly. Its long tail is edged in white, and there are prominent white patches on the wings that are especially visible in flight. The bill and legs are black. The sexes are alike. This bird’s… Read more

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher (Photo: Wikimedia)

Look for Nearly a foot long, the brown thrasher is a strong and handsome bird, equally at home in woodland edges or shrubby backyards. Its upperparts are bright cinnamon, broken only by two, thin, white wing bars; its white breast is heavily streaked in brown. It has a long tail, a long slightly curved bill… Read more

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