The white-fronted chat is a small, black and white insectivorous bird that inhabits saltmarsh, and other damp open habitats along the coast, or near waterways. It has a short slender bill, long spindly legs, and rounded wings, and is commonly seen perched atop shrubs or hopping along the ground. The male’s plumage is more striking than the females, who are browner and lack a black. A distinctive ‘tang, tang’ is used as a contact call. It is found across the southern half of Australia, where it has a widespread distribution, but is in decline across much of its range.