BIRD OF THE WEEK — YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

 

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

Yellow-breasted Chat

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Icteria virens
POPULATION: 14 million
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Breeds in dense, shrubby habitats; found in similar habitat during migration and on wintering grounds

Describing the unique Yellow-breasted Chat, ornithologist Arthur Cleveland Bent observed: “A medley of strange sounds, musical and otherwise, catcalls, whistles, and various bird notes coming from points now here, now there in the bushes will betray the presence of this furtive and elusive clown among birds.”

The Yellow-breasted Chat’s “song” is a weird and wonderful mix of cackles, clucks, whistles, and hoots. It may mimic other birds’ songs and even sings at night. The birds often vocalize from deep inside the densest cover, sometimes sounding as if they are laughing at the frustrated birders trying to locate them. But chats also sing while making conspicuous, bouncy, spread-tailed display flight

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