Disheveled Gray Catbird, Juvenile/immature 2/2

Posted by Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 14 February 2014 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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Indianapolis, IN 9-3-13

Thanks to barry for pointing out why this Gray Catbird looks so disheveled. There are a number of features that indicate an immature bird: the iris is lighter than the pupil; no black cap (or just a hint of one); messy chest and belly feathers; a lighter upper mandible lining as seen at the gape; and molt limits (which I don't understand that well-click on the link for the explanation). This is probably a hatch year bird. Click here to see a handsome adult Gray Catbird with all of its feathers neatly in place.

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Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Very nice capture

14 Feb 2014 10:42am

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Superbe prise, quoique légèrement surexposée

14 Feb 2014 11:06am

michel creze from le havre, France

Belle capture !!!

Beautiful capture!

14 Feb 2014 1:55pm

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Isa from Vaucluse, France

Très joli cliché avec de belles couleurs.

14 Feb 2014 3:17pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

ANother lovely view with those fluffy feathers

14 Feb 2014 6:12pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful capture!! I love the strong diagonal lines seen in the bird's wing.

14 Feb 2014 11:21pm

Banjo52 from United States

Now that you and Barry have pointed it out, this guy has a way to go before looking adult. Very informative, right down to the eye's iris! By the way, am I crazy to see some resemblance between this young catbird and a mockingbird? Whereas there's no real resemblance in the adult catbird?

15 Feb 2014 12:39am

@Banjo52: Well Banjo, thank you for your inquiring comment. Did you click on the link I provided in my narrative to an adult Catbird? I have provided two more links for comparison: I could see a slight resemblance between a Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) and an adult Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) due to similar color, but they are not closely related as you can see from their scientific names.

jean pierre from paris, France

belle prise avec de jolies couleurs!! amitiés

15 Feb 2014 8:16am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

very cute and very sharp!

15 Feb 2014 1:12pm

barry from Palm Springs, California, United States

Julie,

My bathing suggestion was silly, in retrospect, as the bird wasn't wet.

17 Feb 2014 4:11am

@barry: Actually, I thought you were joking about that. But there really is a lake behind the bird. I know now that the way the feathers look indicates a juvenile.

omid from mashhad, Iran

wooooooow!
very nice shot!
such beautiful compositin, focus, colors, lighting & bokeh!
L O V E L Y !

17 Feb 2014 11:36am

barry from Palm Springs, California, United States

Here is a short article on the subject, which also discusses molt limits, a term I also was not familiar with until just last week in reference to warblers. http://www.birdchannel.com/wild-bird/ornithology/feather-variations.aspx

18 Feb 2014 7:45pm

@barry: Thanks for the link, Barry. I find this stuff really interesting!

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

I think I know just how this bird feels!

21 Feb 2014 10:58pm

@Anita: You will feel better when spring comes!

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