Continuing my series on Warblers of Southern Arizona, in alphabetical order, next up:
Yellow Breasted Chat
Note: There is debate on whether the Yellow Breasted Chat should be classified as a "Warbler"
Distinctive Identification Marks: Large heavy bill; high contrast yellow throat and breast; heavy white eyerings; black lores; largest warbler; long gray tail;
Season: April through September
Range: Throughout the United States
Lower Tree and Brush
Bulky cup of grasses, leaves, bark, weed stems, lined with finer grasses; placed in dense shrubs.
Gleaning: perched bird takes prey from branch
Hawking: perched bird takes prey from air
Pouncing: perched bird takes prey from ground or stream
Eats small invertebrates and fruit
Very active; constant movement
Where to Find: San Pedro River; Patagonia Sonoita Creek; Empire Gulch
Chance of Finding: Very secretive; more often heard than seen; 10% in season and preferred habitat