Mock, Meow & Thrash. Members of the latest rock music group? No, these singers-the northern mockingbird, gray catbird and brown thrasher-are all members of the Mimidae family, birds known for their ability to mimic the songs of other birds, even other sounds. Mimids are also alike in that they are generally long- tailed and short-winged with slightly curved bills. Here are descriptions about ways in which they differ. Can you match the fact with the bird?

Brown Thrasher
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird

1. This bird sings year-round as well as night and day.

2. Although this bird is quite secretive, it has been known to pop out of the bushes when its call is imitated.

3. In addition to other birds, this bird is also known to imitate mechanical sounds such as squeaky doors.

4. This bird flushes insects by flashing its wings and spreading its tail.

5. These birds usually nest in low shrubbery. Two of these birds lay blue-green eggs. This species lays pale blue eggs.

6. The nests of these birds are occasionally parasitized by the brown-headed cowbird. This species is known for detecting the invasive egg and kicking it out of its nest.

7. This bird is the largest of the three species

8. This is the most commonly seen of the three birds.

9. This bird fluffs its body when competing for territory or when predators are present.

10. This is the bird most likely to visit a suet feeder in the winter.


1. Northern Mockingbird
2. Gray Catbird
3. Northern Mockingbird
4. Northern Mockingbird
5. Brown Thrasher
6. Gray Catbird
7. Brown Thrasher
8. Northern Mockingbird
9. Gray Catbird
10. Brown Thrasher