Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Chat, any bird of the genus Saxicola of the thrush family, with 36 species from Africa, the north-west of India, and the whole Paliearctic region, migrating to Alaska and Greenland. The beak is straight and slender, and surrounded with a few bristles. The Yellow-breasted Chat of the United States is Icteria virens, one of the hang-nests (q.v.).