Yellow-breasted chat near Trail, BC
The yellow-breasted chat (Icteria virens) is red listed (endangered) in British Columbia. The bird has white markings or "spectacles" on the side of its blue-grey head. Its song is a loud series of clear whistles and harsher notes.
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- The yellow-breasted chat breeds in the interior northwest, and central to south-eastern North America.
- In B.C., this species has a limited distribution in the Okanagan and southwest Kootenay
- Breeds only in the extreme southwest portions of the Columbia Basin near Waneta and Creston
Breeds in areas with dense shrub cover -- often riparian shrubs. In winter, establishes territories in young second-growth forest and scrub.
- In southern B.C., most clutches are initiated from mid-May to late June
- Clutch size is usually 3-5.
- Incubation, by the female, lasts 8-11 days.
- Young leave nest at 9-12 days.
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Threats to Species
- Habitat degradation and development
Survey for Endangered Yellow-Breasted Chat Breeding Occurrence, Habitat and Productivity in SE BC
For more information on this species, visit the Species at Risk Public Registry and/or The BC Species and Ecosystem Explorer where you should enter "yellow-breasted chat" in the species Name field.