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yellow-breasted chat

[yel-oh-bres-tid] /ˈyɛl oʊˌbrɛs tɪd/
an American warbler, Icteria virens, having a yellow throat and breast and greenish-brown upper parts and noted for imitating the songs of other species.
Origin of yellow-breasted chat
An Americanism dating back to 1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The Virginia cardinal was common, and in places the yellow-breasted chat was heard.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • The yellow-breasted chat has the greatest variety of vocal expressions.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • I seldom go the Rock Creek route without being amused and sometimes annoyed by the yellow-breasted chat.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • They are the golden-crowned thrush or oven-bird, the water-thrush, the Louisiana water-thrush, and the yellow-breasted chat.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • Across the garden I heard my first song from that unique rhapsodist, the yellow-breasted chat.

    A-Birding on a Bronco Florence A. Merriam
  • For several years I had been trying to know the most eccentric bird in North America,—the yellow-breasted chat.

    Upon The Tree-Tops Olive Thorne Miller
  • A low bush near the plain was vocal during the full moon with the sweet but disconnected music of the yellow-breasted chat.

    Rolf In The Woods Ernest Thompson Seton

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