How to Attract Gray Catbird

How to Attract Gray Catbird

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY.

Description: One of the more interesting sounding (its call literally sounds like a cat) songbirds of the east, the Gray Catbird is often found in thickets and brushy areas along the borders of wet woodlands and forests. Gray Catbirds eat lot of fruit, so planting berry producing thickets and shrubs (like: Wild Blackberry and Wild Grape vines) can go a long way in bringing a Gray Catbird to your yard. Wild Blackberry is a particularly strong choice because the plant will produce the thorny hedges which the Gray Catbird prefers for nesting. It is possible to attract Gray Catbirds to your yard with fruit feeders, which can hold grape jelly, halved oranges, and apples. Catbirds may eat mealworms as well. This bird may use a bird bath if provided.

Overview

Identification:

  • Medium-sized bird
  • Gray overall, black cap, dark beak, rusty-colored under long tail

Habitat:

  • Woodland edge
  • Forest edge
  • Often found near water source near young trees, brush, shrubs, thickets, and vines 

Eating Habits:

  • Primarily insects in spring/summer
  • Fruit 

Nesting:

  • Usually low to ground, in shrubs, brush, or small trees