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Orange Chat

(Epthianura aurifrons)
Alternate name(s): "Orange-fronted Chat", "Yellow Tintac"; misnomer: "Saltbush Canary"
Size: 10-11.5 cm; wing span 19 cm (average)
Weight: 10-12 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Orange Chat at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Near-frontal view of a male Orange Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Bindegolly NP, near Thargomindah, QLD, June 2019]

Near-frontal view of a male Orange Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Bindegolly NP, near Thargomindah, QLD, June 2019]

Near-lateral view of a male Orange Chat (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Lake Tyrrell, VIC, October 2019]

Near-lateral view of a male Orange Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Bindegolly NP, near Thargomindah, QLD, June 2019]

Lateral view of a male Orange Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Bindegolly NP, near Thargomindah, QLD, June 2019]

Near-lateral view of a male Orange Chat (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Lake Tyrrell, VIC, October 2019]

Lateral view of a male Orange Chat looking away from the observer (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Bindegolly NP, near Thargomindah, QLD, June 2019]

Lateral view of a male Orange Chat at take-off, showing its underwings (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Lake Tyrrell, VIC, October 2019]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female (or possibly immature) Orange Chat approaching a water hole (photo courtesy of M. Mackay)
[Coober Pedy, SA, January 2017]

Lateral view of a female (or possibly immature) Orange Chat (photo courtesy of M. Mackay)
[Coober Pedy, SA, January 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a female (or possibly immature) Orange Chat (photo courtesy of M. Mackay)
[Coober Pedy, SA, January 2017]

Small group of Orange Chats perched in a dead tree (photo courtesy of M. Mackay)
[Coober Pedy, SA, January 2017]

Behaviour

Orange Chats are one of the bird species that try to lure away potential predators from their nest by pretending to have a broken wing.

Male Orange Chat at take-off pretending to have a broken wing (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Lake Tyrrell, VIC, October 2019]

Distant view of a male Orange Chat taking off from rank samphire like greased lightning; before flying away, the bird did a "broken wing" routine
[Lake Bindegolly NP, near Thargomindah, QLD, June 2019]

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