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White-eared cat bower Ailuroedus buccoides


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Representative species Gray catbird, Green catbird, Spotted catbird, White-eared catbird, Black catbird

How nature works catbird mimicry

Several unrelated groups of songbirds are called catbirds because of their wailing calls, which resemble a cat's meowing. The genus name Ailuroedus likewise is from the Greek for "cat-singer" or "cat-voiced".


  • How nature works catbird mimicry
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Australasian catbirds are the genera Ailuroedus and the monotypic Scenopooetes... They belong to the bowerbird family (Ptilonorhynchidae) of the basal songbirds:

  • Ocher-breasted catbird (Ailuroedus stonii)
  • White-eared catbird (Ailuroedus buccoides)
  • Tan-capped catbird (Ailuroedus geislerorum)
  • Green catbird (Ailuroedus crassirostris)
  • Spotted catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)
  • Huon catbird (Ailuroedus astigmaticus)
  • Black-capped catbird (Ailuroedus melanocephalus)
  • Black-eared catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)
  • Arfak catbird (Ailuroedus arfakianus)
  • Northern catbird (Ailuroedus jobiensis)
  • Tooth-billed catbird, Scenopooetes dentirostris

    New world catbirds are two monotypic genera from the mimid family (Mimidae) of the passeridan superfamily Muscicapoidea. Among the Mimidae, they represent independent basal lineages probably closer to the Caribbean thrasher and trembler assemblage than to the mockingbirds and Toxostoma thrashers:

  • Gray catbird, Dumetella carolinensis
  • Black catbird, Melanoptila glabrirostris

    The Abyssinian catbird (Parophasma galinieri) represents a monotypic genus from Africa. It is tentatively placed in the Old World babbler family (Timaliidae) of the passeridan superfamily Sylvioidea, but possibly closer to the typical warblers of the Sylviidae.


    White-eared cat bower, or white-toothed bird-cat (Ailuroedus buccoides) - a representative of the family of bowerbirds (arbor) birds that live in Australia and New Guinea in tropical rainforests. Systematically close to birds of paradise.


    Despite the fact that the gazebo birds became famous for their huts (these are not nests), decorated with all sorts of bright objects to attract females, not all members of the family take care of this. But current behavior is interesting for everyone. The white-eared cat bower is limited to decorating the chosen flat area with shells and pebbles.

    Behavior and nutrition

    These birds are distinguished by active noisy behavior, their own voice is loud, abrupt and shrill.

    They feed on various fruits and insects, possibly hunt small birds and probably eat chicks. White-eared bowerbirds usually look for food in the trees, among the foliage. They feed their chicks with insects and other invertebrates, as well as fruits.

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