A medium-sized songbird with a long, rounded, black tail and a narrow, straight bill. Catbirds are fairly long legged and have broad wings. Although they appear entirely slaty gray with a closer look you’ll see a small black cap, blackish tail, and a brown patch under the tail. Catbirds are energetically secretive hopping and fluttering from branch to branch through tangles of vegetation. Singing males, with their song lasting upwards to ten minutes, sit atop shrubs and small trees to proclaim his territory. There are reluctant to fly across open areas, preferring quick, low flights over vegetation. These song birds are know to be a long-lived species with the oldest recorded (banded) for just shy of 18 years!

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