Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Orange Chat (Epthianura aurifrons)


French: Epthianure orangée German: Goldstirn-Trugschmätzer Spanish: Eptianuro naranja

Ephthianura [sic] aurifrons


, 1838,

Gammon Plains, New South Wales, Australia




Australia, mainly in interior, with few records from N tropics.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 8–13 g. Distinctive Australian chat with yellow uppertail-coverts in all plumages. Male has forehead rich orange, grading to yellow on crown, eyering,... read more


Not well known. Weak metallic song or rising metallic rasp given from top of shrub. Metallic “tang... read more


Open chenopod shrublands and stony areas of arid or semi-arid regions, occasionally in coastal or... read more

Food and feeding

Eats insects, including small grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and flies (Diptera); also small... read more


Breeds in most months except May–Jun, but usually Aug–Nov; sometimes three or more nestings in a year. Breeds in pairs; both... read more


Nomadic, but some seasonal trends noted; in a few regions present throughout year, though numbers... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common. Densities of 0·72 birds/ha at Cunumulla (Queensland) and exceeding 0·06 birds/ha near Broken Hill (New South Wales). Said to... read more

Recommended citation

Matthew, J. (2020). Orange Chat (Epthianura aurifrons). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 27 January 2020).