The Yellow-breasted Chat was once considered the
found in the United States. Recent genetic analysis has brought into doubt
whether they truly are warblers, however. Its behavior is more like a thrasher or a
catbird, as it prefers to hide in dense cover, giving off a sometimes bizarre
series of calls. Males are sometimes easier to observe, as they fly over
the undergrowth with legs dangling, singing as they go.
breeding season, prefers very brushy thickets, such as those found along
streams, woodland and swamp edges, and overgrown pastures.
Diet: Insects, and unlike many warblers, depends heavily on
berries and other fruits.
Behavior: Usually forages alone, clambering
through brushy thickets in search of insects and berries.
Nesting: June and July
Migration: Summers throughout much of the United
States. Winters in Mexico and points south. Small numbers, however, do
overwinter along the U.S. east coast every year, even as far as New England.
Similar Species: Generally distinctive
Bird Feeders: Those that overwinter in the
eastern U.S. often come to feeders for suet or peanut butter.
Has declined locally in parts of the Southwest, but has increased its numbers in
the Southeast due to brushy habitats created by forest clearing.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Yellow-breasted Chat
Photo Information: July 23rd, 2011 -
North Cave Hills, Harding County, South Dakota - Terry Sohl
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