He’s surprisingly simple to miss despite having a bright red coat and a wonderfully contrasted black and white head design.
The Cardinalidae family of birds includes the vivid orange chat (Granatellus venustus).
The adult male of this species is generally bluish-gray in colour.
His face is mostly covered by a big, white supercilium, and his torso is banded in black.
His chin, throat, sides, and flanks are all white. His belly button, vent, and breasts are all red.
This subspecies’ female has buff and grey colouring on her face and slate grey upper body.
Her abdomen and breasts are buff, and the vent area is salmon pink.
Although it can also be found in Bolivia, Argentina, French Guiana, Guyana, the Netherlands, and Venezuela, the red-breasted chat is a native of western Mexico.
These birds can be found in secondary forest understory and other dense growth, but they prefer thorny and scrubby woodland areas.
Additionally, it has been found near rivers and in the evergreen swamp forest inland from mangrove swamps.
In mid-level to below-canopy habitats, red-breasted chats are frequently seen foraging in loose couples. The search is for insects and other arthropods.
Except for the fact that this species breeds from May to September during the rainy season, little is known about its reproductive biology.
Spanish moss and other fibres are used to build the nest, which is lined with delicate material.