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Joseph Smith, almumnus researcher from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Migratory Bird Center, recently wrote an article about one of our most familiar migratory backyard birds, the gray catbird.

Find out where "your" catbird spends the winter. And, also, which bird food they like (*hint: it's not bird seed).

→ Read the article

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