Family Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Least Concern

Red-breasted Chat (Granatellus venustus)


French: Granatelle multicolore German: Rotbrust-Sängerkardinal Spanish: Reinita mexicana

Granatellus venustus


, 1850,

Comitán, Chiapas, Mexico


Usually considered conspecific with G. francescae. Proposed race melanotis (described from San Blas, in Nayarit) regarded as invalid. Monotypic.


W Mexico from Sinaloa S to Chiapas, and adjacent W Guatemala#R.

Descriptive notes

14·5–16 cm; 9·6–14·1 g. Long tail frequently cocked and fanned. Male has black head and breastband isolating white throat, with broad white... read more


Song a variable series of 4–7 melancholy whistled notes, delivered quite slowly, e.g. “wheet see-... read more


Dense scrub, scrubby deciduous woodland, chaparral, semi-arid thorn-forest and second growth with... read more

Food and feeding

Diet little known; presumably mainly insects and other arthropods. Forages mainly by gleaning low in undergrowth, generally in dense cover... read more


Season late May–Sept, egg-laying Jun–Jul. Pair appears to remain on breeding territory throughout year. Nest an open cup (depth 4·7 cm,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally fairly common, but no population estimates available. Nevertheless, large areas of tropical dry forest have been cleared in... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Red-breasted Chat (Granatellus venustus). 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 20 June 2019).