Common Name: Yellow-breasted Chat
Scientific Name: Icteria virens
Order/Family: Passeriformes/Icteriidae (Monotypic)
Description: These birds have olive/gray upper parts with white bellies and bright-yellow throats and breasts. Other signature features of yellow-breasted chats are their large, white eye rings, sub moustachial white stripe and blackish legs. When seen, this species is unlikely to be mistaken for any other bird.
Distribution: The yellow-breasted chat is found throughout North America. It breeds from the southern plains of Canada to central Mexico, and mainly migrates to Mexico and Central America for the winter, although some may overwinter in coastal areas farther north. In Las Vegas, I have only seen this bird at the Wetlands and only in summer.
Habitat: This species occurs in areas where dense shrubbery is common. Today, its habitat often consists of abandoned farmland and other rural areas where overgrown vegetation proliferates.