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Photo by Vogelman
High Island, Texas, USA
Icteria virens


Olive upperparts, white belly, yellow throat and breast, long tail, thick heavy bill, large white eye-ring, and dark legs.


Breeds in USA, western half of southern Canada and northern Mexico. Recent results suggest that at least part of the US population after having bred in early parts of summer migrates to north-western Mexico where a second round of breeding takes place before the birds go on the final migration to their winter home.

In winter found in Mexico (mostly southern half) though Central America to Panama.


I.v. auricollis – Also called Long Tailed Chat
Photo © by Joseph Morlan
Concan, Texas, USA, 14 April 2021


Subspecies virens; Eastern
Photo by bobsofpa
Sam Nail Ranch, Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA, April 2010

Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • I. v. virens: Eastern
  • I. v. auricollis: Western


Photo © by lori in ca
Malibu Creek, California

Dense brush and hedgerows.



The cup-shaped nest is hidden in thick shrubs.


The diet consists mostly of insects with fruit and berries added, particularly during the autumn months.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Paper describing migration to second breeding area
  3. Eckerle, K. P. and C. F. Thompson (2020). Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.yebcha.01
  4. Wikipedia

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