Definition of Catbird

1. Noun. Any of various birds of the Australian region whose males build ornamented structures resembling bowers in order to attract females.

2. Noun. North American songbird whose call resembles a cat's mewing.
Exact synonyms: Dumetella Carolinensis, Gray Catbird, Grey Catbird
Generic synonyms: Oscine, Oscine Bird
Group relationships: Dumetella, Genus Dumetella

Definition of Catbird

1. n. An American bird (Galeoscoptes Carolinensis), allied to the mocking bird, and like it capable of imitating the notes of other birds, but less perfectly. Its note resembles at times the mewing of a cat.

Definition of Catbird

1. Noun. Either of two species of American mockingbird relatives, the grey catbird and the black catbird. ¹

2. Noun. Either of four species of Australasian bowerbirds of the genera ''Ailuroedus'' and ''Scenopooetes''. ¹

3. Noun. A babbler-like bird from eastern Africa, ''Parophasma galinieri''. ¹

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Definition of Catbird

1. a songbird [n -S] - See also: songbird

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Catbird

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Literary usage of Catbird

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1. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents, Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"As a performer, the catbird distinctly belongs to the vaudeville, ... I once trespassed upon the territory of a well- grown catbird family and the squalling ..."

2. Michigan Bird Life: A List of All the Bird Species Known to Occur in the by Walter Bradford Barrows (1912)
"catbird. Dumetella carolinensis (Linn.). (704) Synonyms: Cat Flycatcher, Slate-colored ... The catbird is too well known to need careful description, ..."

3. Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction: Submitting Outline Plan by Virginia Dept. of public instruction (1911)
"It is seldom quiet fc catbird Biological Survey US Dept. of Agriculture. Plate loaned by Zoological Dept. MA C an instant but is always flitting about, ..."

4. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1916)
"My only other record of the catbird in winter is that of an individual which I observed in Stoughton on December 4, 1910. My latest date for an undoubted ..."

5. The Birds of Maine: With Key to and Description of the Various Species Known by Ora Willis Knight (1908)
"A small stuffed Owl placed where a catbird can discover it is soon made the center of a mobbing force of small birds summoned by the angry calls of the ..."

6. Our Animal Friends: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine (1893)
"I will not venture to give his exact words, but there was something about "that confounded catbird !" He was a man of action, and among his many ..."

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