Yellow-breasted Chat

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  • Species Common Name Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Species Scientific Name Icteria virens auricollis
  • Federal Listing Status Species of Concern
  • State Listing Status Sensitive


Special needs

Yellow-breasted Chats are found in dense, brushy thickets, especially near streams.

Limiting factors

Loss of larger patches of dense, riparian shrublands, as well as altered disturbance regimes that produce needed ephemeral habitat, pose threats to this species. Changes in ground or surface water and livestock grazing in riparian areas can also adversely affect Yellow-breasted Chats.

Conservation actions

Restore large, dense thickets of native shrub-dominated riparian habitat.

Key reference or plan

Conservation Strategy for Landbirds in Lowlands and Valleys of Western Oregon and Washington