Yellow-breasted Chat

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  • Class: Aves

  • Order: Passeriformes

  • Family: Icteriidae

  • Genus: Icteria

  • Species: I. virens

ARTIST'S NOTES

This illustration of a Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) was completed on January 22, 2018. The drawing is based on a photo I took at Elyria Canyon Park, Los Angeles, California in April 2016. It is the only known record of that species for that park.

INFORMATION ABOUT YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT

The Yellow-breasted Chat breeds across much of North America, from southern Canada south to central Mexico. This species winters from northern Mexico south to Panama. Though once considered an aberrant warbler (Parulidae), it was recently placed in its own monotypic family. Despite its size and bright plumage, this species is heard more often than seen because of its skulking habits. In spring, males will sing and chatter a loud jumble of notes from the top of dense shrubbery, sometimes doing exaggerated display flights. Many populations of this species are declining and considered sensitive by resource agencies. 

  • Length: 6.7–7.5 in (17–19.1 cm)
  • Wingspan: 9.1–10.6 in (23–27 cm)
  • Weight: 0.71–1.19 oz (20.2–33.8 g)
  • Habitat: Dense, shrubby vegetation often at the edges meadows and farmland. Often associated with riparian environments in the west. 
  • Food: Omnivorous, with most of the diet comprised of insects and berries. Other arthropods are also taken. 
  • Reproduction: Nests are placed low in dense vegetation. They lay 3 to 5 creamy white eggs with reddish-brown splotches. Incubation is by the female with hatching in 11 to 12 days. Both sexes feed the young. Fledging is 8 to 11 days after hatching. Chat nests are infrequently parasitized by Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater).
  • Conservation Status: NatureServe Global Status - G5 (Secure), IUCN Red List - LC (Least Concern)
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Vector drawing (infinitely scaleable)

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Vector image drawn in Affinity Designer

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