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Merlin Bird ID

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    Yellow-breasted Chat Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Chats are small songbirds but are large and bulky compared to other warblers. They have a long tail, large head and a relatively thick, heavy bill.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Yellow Warbler; smaller than an American Robin.

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      Measurements
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 7.1 in (18 cm)
        • Weight: 0.8-1.1 oz (23-31 g)
        • Wingspan: 9.8 in (25 cm)

    Regional Differences

    Individuals that breed west of the western Great Plains and West Texas have a longer white malar or mustache stripe, slightly grayer upperparts, and slightly longer tails.