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cat·bird

 (kăt′bûrd′)
n.
1. A songbird (Dumetella carolinensis) of North and Central America having predominantly slate plumage and a cry like the mew of a cat.
2. 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.

catbird

(ˈkætˌbɜːd)
n
1. (Animals) any of several North American songbirds of the family Mimidae (mockingbirds), esp Dumetella carolinensis, whose call resembles the mewing of a cat
2. (Animals) any of several Australian bowerbirds of the genera Ailuroedus and Scenopoeetes, having a catlike call

cat•bird

(ˈkætˌbɜrd)

n.
a songbird with catlike vocalizations, esp. a common slate-colored member of the mockingbird family, Dumetella carolinensis, inhabiting the E and central U.S.
[1700–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catbird - any of various birds of the Australian region whose males build ornamented structures resembling bowers in order to attract femalescatbird - any of various birds of the Australian region whose males build ornamented structures resembling bowers in order to attract females
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus, satin bird, satin bowerbird - of southeast Australia; male is glossy violet blue; female is light grey-green
Chlamydera nuchalis, great bowerbird - large bowerbird of northern Australia
2.catbird - North American songbird whose call resembles a cat's mewingcatbird - North American songbird whose call resembles a cat's mewing
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
Translations

catbird

[ˈkætbɜːd] N to be (sitting) in the catbird seat (US) → sentirse seguro
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The Green Catbird Ailuroedus crassirostris is found along the entire length of the east coast of New South Wales (NSW) and south-eastern Queensland where there is suitable habitat, not extending far beyond the inland slopes of the Great Dividing Range.
The feeding ecology of the Green Catbird has been investigated only in the northern parts of its distribution (Donaghey 1981; Innis and McEvoy 1992; Church 1997).
Rainforests in the Illawarra region have been identified as an important stronghold for the Green Catbird in the southern part of its range (NSW NPWS 2011; Schulz and Magarey 2012) but are severely fragmented (Stork et al.
The crestless gardener bowerbird is only 9 inches long, while the green catbird grows to a length of 14--15 inches.