Documentation of Yellow-breasted Chat

Observer Information

Reporter:  Dick Filby  0025 Dakota Meadows Drive,   Carbondale, CO  81623
Other Observers:  Allen Levantin, Linda Vidal

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Yellow-breasted Chat
First Date/Time:  12/11/2014 7:55:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  12/15/2014 10:00:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):  30mins
County:  Garfield
Specific Location:  Carbondale
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


riparian scrub

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Swarovski bins, scope, canon camera
Distance:  50 to 100 yards
Light:  sunny

Description of the Bird

Stepped out of car close to (flowing) stream and bird flew up from scrub into nearby bush where it perched, slightly obscured for 15mins, before dropping out of sight, to reappear after 5mins.Scope views to 70X and documentary photos and video obtained. Immediately recognised as a Yellow-breated Chat by previous experience with the species, the diagnostic dark lores, pale whitish supercilium and eyering, olive upperparts and bright yellow throat and breast, white undertail coverts were all clearly seen for prolonged periods.  The short white sub-moustachial, and the brightness of the olive upperparts could indicate an eastern bird.

Similar Species Discussion

Fan-tailed Warbler. Eliminated by face pattern etc

Resources Used

previous experience

Previous Experience

many years with many Yellow-breated Chats in various states. One sighting only of Fan-tailed Warbler (Arizona)



Materials Available

Photographer: Dick Filby

Photos | Video |


Date Documentation Submitted

12/17/2014 10:15:00 AM
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