Gray Catbird

The gray catbird -- so named because its call resembles the mewing of a cat -- is a relative of the mockingbird and has similar copycat abilities. Its long song, which can last many minutes, often includes the sounds of other birds, frogs and even mechanical devices. The singing is done by the male from branches at the tops of thickets -- its preferred habitat. Catbirds forage in shrubs as well as on the ground. To find food in the leaf litter, they turn leaves over with their bills.

Above: A gray catbird singing.