Gray Catbirds are relatives of mockingbirds and thrashers, and they share that group’s vocal abilities, copying the sounds of other species and stringing them together to make their own song. A medium-sized, slender songbird with a long, rounded, black tail and a narrow, straight bill. Catbirds are fairly long legged and have broad, rounded wings. They have a small black cap, blackish tail, and a rich rufous-brown patch under the tail. I am always startled when I hear them “mewing” they do sound just like a cat!