Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)

Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-breasted Chat - Twentynine Palms, CA
© Tom Benson
Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-breasted Chat - Brea, CA
© Tom Benson

The Yellow-breasted Chat is a casual visitor to campus: one was seen 30 Aug 2016 around the flooded basins north of Badger Hill. It is an uncommon migrant throughout and rare breeding bird in riparian areas in southern California. It is listed as a Species of Special Concern by the California Department of Fish and Game.

The Yellow-breasted Chat can be identified by its olive green upperparts, bright yellow throat, and white belly and supraloral (in front of the eye) stripe. It is the largest of the North American warblers.


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