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One of the brightly coloured Australian desert birds, the Orange Chat (Epthianura aurifrons) is endemic to Australia.

A small ground song bird, the Orange Chat is pot-bellied in shape, with thin legs, a short slender straight bill and a brush-tipped tongue. The male bird has feathers that are a deep, cadmium yellow with orange overtone, particularly on the crown and breast. The males’ lores and throat are black, whilst their rump is a golden orange with a tail finely tipped with white. The female chats are mottled in grey-brown and whose underparts are soft fawny yellow.

For more information check out our Birds section for the Orange Chats.

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Meliphagidae
  • Genus: Epthianura
  • Species: E. aurifrons
  • Binomial name: Epthianura aurifrons

Footnote & References

  1. Orange Chat, Birds of the World, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology,