Chat to Churn Owl

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Picture of Yellow Breasted Chat

Picture of Yellow Breasted Chat (genus Icteria)

            In England, the name Chat is generally used with a prefix as STONECHAT, WHINCHAT, but in the valley of the Thames said of itself to signify the Sedge-WARBLER. In North America it is applied to the only species within the genus Icteria, this being the Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens). A subspecies, now known as the Western Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens auricollis) was previously separated as a different species, being formerly referred to as Icteria longicauda and was known as the Long Tailed Chat.  At least one other subspecies exists, this being the Eastern Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens virens).  The Yellow Breasted Chats are part of the the family Parulidae, or New World WARBLERS, although before today, some earlier ornithologists considered that these birds may possibly not belong in this family, their stout bills being very unlike those possessed by others in this family.  These birds have a beautiful bright yellow belly and throat, with olive colored underparts, and are green on top.  Unlike other warblers they are sometimes known to mimic the song of other birds.


            The young of any kind of bird that cheeps or utters a low plaintive note, especially used of game-birds, GROUSE, PARTRIDGES, or PHEASANTS; but also a name of the Tit LARK, though mostly with a prefix, as Moss-Cheeper or the like.

Cheer or Chir
            The Cheer Pheasant is the Anglo-Indian name of  Catreus wallichi, known also as Wallich's Pheasant and previously classifiesd as Phasianus wallichi.  An endangered species as at the year 2006 (the time of creating this page), this bird is a fine but plainly-coloured grey and brown PHEASANT, a native of the Western Himalayas and Afghanistan.

            The first group of 19th Century Professor Huxley's Suborder Desmognathae (Proc, Zool. Soc. 1867, p. 460), composed of the Anatidae of most authors - the DUCKS and their allies, among which he included the Screamer (which was classified as Palamedea in Huxley's time but now forms the family Anhimidae).

            Possibly a corruption of Shepster, a STARLING.

Cherry Bird
            A name of the Cedar Bird.

Cherry Picker
            The Tasmanian name, according to Gould (Handb. B. Austral, i. p. 565), of a species of Melithreptus (HONEY SUCKER or Honeyeater).

Cherry Sucker
            A name oddly given in some parts of England to the Spotted FLYCATCHER.

            A North American name for various species of TITMOUSE - no doubt from their call-note.

            Abbreviated CHICK, the young of any bird, but generally signifying that of the domestic FOWL.

            The CHIFFCHAFF, occasionally CHIPCHOP, is the Phylloscopus collybita, a species of Leaf Warbler. The name is doubtless an attempt to syllable the bird's ordinary cry (see SONG), and seems to be first found in Gilbert White's Observations (p. 77) published in 1795 after his death by Aiken.  It is said that hearing the call of this bird is the first sign of Spring arriving.

       From the greek choane, meaning a tube or funnel, the choanae are the internal openings of the nasal cavities into the mouth, situated on the palate or roof of the mouth, generally between the maxillo-palatine and pterygoid bones.

            A name used in the Cape of South Africa for the Tawny Eagle, Aquila rapax (Layard, Birds of South Africa  page 10).


           So-called in North America from the bird's cry. One of the Caprimulgidae (Goatsucker), Caprimulgus carolinensis, much larger than but congeneric with the WHIP-POOR-WILL, Caprimulgus vociferus.

Churn Owl
            One of the many names of the common Night Hawk or NIGHTJAR of Europe.

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