An anomaly among wood warblers, Yellow-breasted Chat is the size of some tanagers and grosbeaks (18 cm length), sings a loud, varied thrasher-like song, and engages in a decidedly non-warbler-like hovering aerial display. Additionally, it is one of a few songbirds that sings at night. Plumage is simple—greenish-grey above and yellow below with a white lower belly, white spectacles and whisker streak and dark cheeks. The bill is unusually large for a warbler. Chats breed from southern Canada to central Mexico at elevations of sea level to about 2500 m. Migrants occur as far south as Panama. Breeding pairs occur in a variety of dense habitats, most often riparian, spilling out into surrounding hardwoods, pines, mesquites, and other forest types, including well wooded residential areas. They lay 3-5 eggs in a cup constructed in a shrub, vine tangle or similar thick foliage and not far above ground level. Chats take a wide variety of insect prey as well as vegetation such as berries.