Etymology
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catbird (n.)

also cat-bird, 1731, common name for the North American thrush (Dumetella Carolinensis), so called from its warning cry, which resembles that of a cat; from cat (n.) + bird (n.1). Catbird seat is a late 19c. Dixieism, popularized by Brooklyn Dodgers baseball announcer Walter "Red" Barber (1908-1992) and by author James Thurber:

"She must be a Dodger fan," he had said. "Red Barber announces the Dodger games over the radio and he uses those expressions—picked 'em up down South." Joey had gone on to explain one or two. "Tearing up the pea patch" meant going on a rampage; "sitting in the catbird seat" means sitting pretty, like a batter with three balls and no strikes on him. [James Thurber, "The Catbird Seat," The New Yorker, Nov. 14, 1942]

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Definitions of catbird

catbird (n.)
any of various birds of the Australian region whose males build ornamented structures resembling bowers in order to attract females;
Synonyms: bowerbird
catbird (n.)
North American songbird whose call resembles a cat's mewing;
Synonyms: grey catbird / gray catbird / Dumetella carolinensis
From wordnet.princeton.edu