Catbird meaning

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A songbird (Dumetella carolinensis) of North and Central America having predominantly slate plumage and a cry like the mew of a cat.
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Any of various other species of birds having a similar cry, especially one of several birds of Australia and New Guinea related to the bowerbirds.
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A slate-gray North American passerine bird (Dumetella carolinensis) with a black crown and tail: it makes a mewing sound like that of a cat and is in the same family (Mimidae) as the mockingbirds and thrashers.
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Either of two species of American mockingbird relatives, the grey catbird, Dumetella carolinensis, and the black catbird, Melanoptila glabrirostris.
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Any of four species of Australasian bowerbirds of the genera Ailuroedus and Scenopooetes.
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A babbler-like bird from eastern Africa, Parophasma galinieri.
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Origin of catbird

  • From cat +‎ bird, because its cry is said to resemble that of a cat.

    From Wiktionary