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Length: 7.1 in
Wingspan: 9.8 in
Size & Shape: Chats are small songbirds but are large and bulky compared to other warblers. They have a long tail, large head and a relatively thick, heavy bill.
Natural Habitat: Yellow-breasted Chats live in thickets and other dense, regrowing areas such as bramble bushes, clearcuts, powerline corridors, and shrubs along streams.
Features: Chats are olive-green above with a bright yellow breast and bold face markings. The face is gray, with a white eyering that connects to the bill, forming “spectacles.” They also have a white malar or mustache stripe bordering the cheek. The lower belly is white.
Season: Widespread breeder in shrubby habitats across North America, venturing to Central America for the winter.
Recorded by Tony Lombardino at Colonel Francis Beatty Park
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