The grey (gray) catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) is named for its harsh mew call, similar to a cat's meow. The genus name Ailuroedus is from the Greek for "cat-singer" or "cat-voiced". The Grey Catbird often hides in shrubbery, tossing leaves aside with its bill rather than scratching with its feet.
Native to most of temperate North America east of the Rocky Mountains, grey catbirds migrate to the south-eastern United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean in winter. They are relatives of mockingbirds and thrashers.