mimic thrushes

Mimic Thrushes

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Images are adapted from drawings by Chester A. Reed, B. S. in Chapman.

Gray Catbird
Dumetella carolinensis

Meow!
Long Island, May 1996.
(4:55 AM on June 18, 1997 outside my bedroom window).
From this song:

  • Notice the
    "Song Sparrow" (1:44.6-1:46.2) --compare with the
        original.
  • Also in this song:
    "Blue Jay" --compare with the
        original.
Long Island, June 1997.

Another skilled imitator: three imitations from a single song:


Photo of catbird feeding young, taken by Yuri Elson, Long Island, July 2007.


Northern Mockingbird
Mimus polyglottos




etc., etc.


Some mockingbird imitations (from this one song):

  • "Blue Jay scolding"
    "Blue Jay" --compare with the
        original.
  • "Wood Thrush" --compare with the
        original.
  • "Carolina Wren" --compare with the
        original.
  • "Common Flicker" --compare with the
        original.
Long Island, June 1996.

Another mockingbird:

Long Island, June 1996.

Another excellent imitator:

Long Island, May 2000.


Brown Thrasher
Toxostoma rufum

Five consecutive records from one bird (the upsy-daisy bird):

 
 
 
 

Long Island, May 2000



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Tony Phillips
Math Dept, Stony Brook University
tony at math.stonybrook.edu
August 2 2014