Physical characteristics

Australian chats are small birds with longish delicate legs. Bills are fine and, in some species, slightly decurved. Like the honeyeaters, they have brush tips to their tongues. The gib-berbird (Ashbyia lovensis) is larger and more robust than the other species.

Males are brightly or conspicuously colored in the breeding season, with yellow, orange, or red underparts. The male white-fronted chat (Epthianura albifrons) is black, white, and gray. Juveniles, immatures, females, and, in some species, non-breeding males show more subdued plumages.

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