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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the order Passeriformes.


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  • The western yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) and the Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens), as well as several other riparian specialists, have all declined significantly in California due to loss of riparian forests.

    California Central Valley grasslands 2008

  • (_Icteria virens_), whose summer home is the warmer temperate regions of our country, from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast, and whose unbirdlike utterances prepare one to believe the stories told of his eccentric actions; this, for example, by Dr. Abbott: --

    A Bird-Lover in the West Olive Thorne Miller 1874

  • Western form of _Icteria_, differing from the Eastern only in a greater length of tail, which several of our Rocky Mountain birds affect, for the purpose, apparently, of puzzling the ornithologist.

    A Bird-Lover in the West Olive Thorne Miller 1874

  • The chat is the only warbler in the genus Icteria, which means jaundice in Latin, because of its deep yellow. stories 2010


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