Habitat

Chats are most strongly associated with chenopod shrubland, especially saltbush (Atriplex), bluebush (Maireana), and samphire (Halosarcia). They also occur in neighboring semi-arid woodland or shrubland, which is often dominated by acacias. Gibber plains, the home of the gibberbird, are stony deserts with a

A white-fronted chat (Epthianura albifrons) with its insect prey. (Photo by R. Brown/VIREO. Reproduced by permission.)

sparse cover of grass and saltbush. Yellow chats typically inhabit low vegetation close to swamps, floodplains, and bore drains.

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