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Yellow-breasted Chat -
(Icteria virens)



  • Medium-sized stocky songbird
  • Plain olive-green to grey back and wings
  • Throat and breast bright yellow
  • White underside
  • White line above eye, white crescent
         below eye
  • Stout black bill
  • Rather long tail
  • 7" (18 cm.)


  • Thickets, dense brush, shrubby upland
  • Hardwood forests

Additional Information

  • Rare migrant and summer resident
  • Wisconsin species of special concern
  • Largest wood warbler
  • Song a loud, unmusical collection of
        whistles, squawks, chuckles and grunts
  • Somewhat secretive in thick vegetation

Comparable Species

  • Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-breasted Chat in the thicket

Yellow-breasted Chat showing off its name 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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