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A bizarre series of hoots, whistles, and clucks, coming from the briar tangles, announces the presence of the yellow-breasted chat. The bird is often hard to see, but sometimes it launches into the air to sing its odd song as it flies, with floppy wingbeats and dangling legs, above the thickets. This is our largest warbler, and surely the strangest as well, seeming to suggest a cross between a. The yellow-breasted chat offers a cascade of song in the spring, when males deliver streams of whistles, cackles, chuckles, and gurgles with the fluidity of improvisational jazz. Its seldom seen or heard during the rest of the year, when both males and females skulk silently in the shadows of dense thickets, gleaning insects and berries for food. carolinabirders, today while doing some county birding in laurens county, sc, between lake greenwood and cross hill i found a yellow-breasted chat with an international orange breast. The breast was precisely the color of a male baltimore oriole. The orange of its plumage is found mostly on the face, but an orange wash also extends onto the breast and abdomen, though the extent of that orange coloration can vary greatly. While it is generally regarded as a warbler, it has many non-warbler characteristics. It has a large, heavy bill, unlike many warblers males and females look alike and its unusual song has similarities to that of a thrasher or an oriole. Yellow-breasted chats are threatened by habitat loss, by the clearing of lowland riparian woods and thickets for agriculture, residential and commercial development. According to the what bird resource, the total population size of the yellow-breasted chat is around 12 million individuals.