Is it a warbler? Some kind of mockingbird? We’ve long had a hunch that chats are one-of-a-kind, and now the American Ornithological Society has made it official: Yellow-breasted chat is the sole member of the family Icteriidae, nestled between the Cuban warblers and the New World blackbirds. No other bird is quite like a chat, that largish, olivish songbird with a heavy bill and bright yellow throat, usually hidden away in dense vegetation, uttering a bizarre series of snaps, crackles, and pops. If it weren’t for their talkative nature, it would be easy to overlook chats altogether, even when exploring their favorite habitat. So what do you know about chats? Let’s chat about that.
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