Birder's Guide

NOV 2013

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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What the Heck is a Tanager? nine-primaried oscines. Looking like a giant yellowthroat and yet behaving and singing like a mockingbird or thrasher, the Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) is more of a puzzle. Molecular studies have shed some light on where this species most likely does not belong—it appears to not be wood-warbler—but just what it is has not yet been resolved. Although the AOU retains this species with the woodwarblers, it notes that this is probably not the proper placement. The most recent information (Barker et al. 2013) indicates a close relationship to the New World orioles, grackles, cowbirds, and marsh blackbirds. "Our" orioles were named for their very superfcial plumage similarity to the Old World group that shares the common name: the orioles of the family 16 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | November 2013

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