The Yellow-breasted Chat is the only member of this genus. Yellow-breasted Chats are noticeably larger than all other warblers. These birds have olive upperparts with white bellies and yellow throats and breasts; they also have long tails, thick heavy bills, large white eye-rings, and dark legs.
The breeding habitats of this species are dense, brushy areas and hedgerows.
The song of this bird is an odd, variable mixture of cackles, clucks, whistles and hoots. Their calls are harsh chak's. Unlike most warblers, this species has been known to mimic the calls of other birds. This bird is somewhat secretive, but will usually sing from exposed locations.