mimic thrushes

Mimic Thrushes

All sound files are now mp3 files.
Images are adapted from drawings by Chester A. Reed, B. S. in Chapman.

Gray Catbird
Dumetella carolinensis

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
  • Also in this song:
    "Blue Jay" --compare with the
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
  • "Wood Thrush" --compare with the
  • "Carolina Wren" --compare with the
  • "Common Flicker" --compare with the
Long Island, June 1996.

Another mockingbird:

Long Island, June 1996.

Another excellent imitator:

Long Island, May 2000.

A long record with many imitations, some not birds (?).
Long Island, July 2017.

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
July 21 2017