Family Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Least Concern

Red-breasted Chat (Granatellus venustus)


Taxonomy

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

Granatellus venustus

Bonaparte

, 1850,

Comitán, Chiapas, Mexico

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Sedentary.

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61566 on 19 November 2018).