Its scientific name means reddish rock-dweller, in reference to its habitat and overall coloration. Saxicola derives from Latin saxum + incola . rubetra is Latin for colored reddish or reddish-hued.

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The Whinchat is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra, is a small European passerine bird. Formerly considered a member of the thrush family (Turdidae), it is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher (Muscicapidae). It, and similar thrush-like Muscicapidae species, are often called chats. Its scientific name means "reddish rock-dweller", in reference to its habitat and overall coloration. Saxicola derives from Latin saxum ("rock") + incola ("inhabitant", "one who dwells in a certain place"). rubetra is Latin for "colored reddish" or "reddish-hued". More

The Whinchat is similar in size to its relative the European Robin (Erithacus rubecula). Both sexes have brownish upperparts, a yellowish rump, a buff throat and breast, a whitish belly, a blackish tail with white bases to the outher rectrices. The male in breeding plumage has blackish head sides almost encircled by a strong white supercilium and malar stripe and white wing patches. More

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whinchat definition Hear it! = whinchat definition whin·chat (hwin′c̸hat′, win′-) noun a brown and buff migrating European thrush (Saxicola rubetra) that frequents heaths and meadows Origin: whin + chat, whin·chat (hwĭnˈchătˌ, wĭnˈ-) noun A small brownish Old World songbird (Saxicola rubetra) often found in open country. Browse dictionary definitions near whinchat 1. More

whinchat pronunciation /ˈʰwɪnˌtʃæt, ˈwɪn-/ Show Spelled Show IPA –nouna small Old World thrush, Saxicola rubetra, having a buff-colored breast and white streaks in the tail. Use whinchat in a SentenceSee images of whinchatSearch whinchat on the Web - Origin: 1670–80; whin + chat Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010. Cite This Source|Link To whinchat whin·chatwhinchat pronunciation (hwĭn'chāt', wĭn'-) n. More

Whinchat - Dictionary Definition and Overview = Whinchat : (noun) 1: brown-and-buff European songbird of grassy meadows Based on WordNet 2.0 - Whinchat : \Whin"chat`\, n. (Zol.) A small warbler ({Pratincola rubetra) common in Europe; - called also whinchacker, whincheck, whin-clocharet. Based on Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary - Chat \Chat\, n. 1. Light, familiar talk; conversation; gossip. More

WhinchatsDescription The Whinchat is similar in size to the European Robin. Both sexes have a yellowish rump and white tail, with a black terminal band. The summer male has brownish upperparts, buff throat and blackish head sides. It has a strong white supercilium. There are white wing patches. The female has pale brown head sides, a buff supercilium and no white wing patches. More

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The Whinchat is a bird of the heath and similar to the darker, plumper Stonechat. They are a little smaller than a House Sparrow. The male has streaked brown upperparts. The ear coverts and lores are black with a white border and there is a broad white stripe above the eyes. There is also a white wing patch. The underparts are a deep buff or apricot colour. The bill and legs are black. The female is duller than the male. More

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Stonechats and Whinchats were both known as Furze-hacker, Furze-chat, Furze-chuck, and Gorse-chat (furze is another name for gorse). More

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Whinchats are most often seen sitting attractively on posts, wires or the tops of tall stalks of bracken or other vegetation. Their plump outline, upright posture and orangy underparts may be suggestive of Stonechat but, in all plumages, they have a broad pale supercilium and streaky brown mantle more reminiscent of a Sedge Warbler. Whinchats also have pale white patches at the base of the tail which are diagnostic but hard to see. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Muscicapidae
Genus : Saxicola
Species : rubetra
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)