The African Stonechat is a species of the Old World flycatcher family , inhabiting sub-Saharan Africa and adjacent regions. Like the other chats, it was long assigned to the thrush family , to which the chats are convergent. Its scientific name refer to its appearance and habitat and means collared rock-dweller: Saxicola from Latin saxum + incola , torquatus, Latin for collared.

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

The European Stonechat or Common Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, family Muscicapidae. They, with similar small species in the family, are often called chats. The European Stonechat is somewhat smaller than the European Robin. Both sexes have distinctively short wings, shorter than those of the more migratory Whinchat and Siberian Stonechat. More

The genus Saxicola, the stonechats or chats, is a genus of 14 species of small passerine birds restricted to the Old World. They are insectivores of open scrubland and grassland with scattered small shrubs. Saxicola torquatus was at one time used for the supposed taxon "Common Stonechat". With addition of mtDNA cytochrome b sequence and nDNA fingerprinting data (Urquhart & Bowley 2002, Wink et al. 2002), it was confirmed that not only the Fuerteventura and Réunion Stonechats are distinct species. More

The RSPBStonechat on bramble stemGorseMale stonechat on bramble stem * A * B * C * D * E * F * G * H * I * J * K * L More

* Stonechat, Freiston 19/12/20060:29 * Ajouter à la file d'attente Ajoutée à la file d'attente Stonechat, Freiston 19/12/200671 vuesbirdmanpaul * Siskin Carduelis spinus0:55 * Ajouter à la file d'attente Ajoutée à la file d'attente Siskin Carduelis spinus27449 vuespaulcking * Common Stonechat More

stonechatstonechat - common European chat with black plumage and a reddish-brown breastSaxicola torquataOld World chat, chat - songbirds having a chattering call Translationsstonechat N → culiblanco mstonechat n → saltimpalo - stonechat n → saltimpalo How to thank TFD for its existence? Tell a friend about us, add a link to this page, add the site to iGoogle, or visit webmaster's page for free fun content. More

Stonechats breeds in open rough gorse, tussocks or heather. The highly migratory eastern races like maura (Siberian Stonechat) are probably best treated as a separate species Saxicola maura, being genetically distinct. They are paler with white rumps. The allied race variegata from west of the Caspian Sea has a tail pattern resembling wheatear. More

at RSPB Conwy, where a greenshank and juvenile stonechat were among the highlights.bird notes WITH JULIAN HUGHES by Daily Post (Liverpool, England)Police and fire crews were called to Stonechat Mount, Stella, Blaydon, in Gateshead, just before 2am on Wednesday after fire ripped through a property in the block.Accused of arson by Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)58, of Stonechat Close, Porthcawl, was fined pounds 250 with three penalty points on his licence after pleading guilty to speeding on the A48 at Stormy Down, Bridgend. More

Stonechat - Dictionary Definition and Overview = Stonechat : (noun) 1: common European chat with black plumage and a reddish-brown breast Based on WordNet 2.0 - Wheatear \Wheat"ear`\, n. (Zol.) A small European singing bird ({Saxicola nanthe). The male is white beneath, bluish gray above, with black wings and a black stripe through each eye. More

European Stonechats breed in heathland, coastal dunes and rough grassland with scattered small shrubs and bramble, open gorse, tussocks or heather. They are non-migratory or short-distance migrants, with part of the population moving south to winter further south in Europe and more widely in north Africa. The male has a clicking call like stones knocking together, for which it was named. The song is high and twittering like a Dunnock. More

Stonechat58 vuespaulwetton * Wild Birds in Malta (Stonechat)0:26 * Ajouter à la file d'attente Ajoutée à la file d'attente Wild Birds in Malta (Stonechat)28 vuesfliegu11 * Song Thrush1:55 * Ajouter à la file d'attente Ajoutée à la file d'attente Song More

Adult male Stonechat in breeding plumage Stonechat - Saxicola torquata Gaelic: Gocan, Clacharan Photograph John S Hamilton More

Stonechat: Casual to accidental on islands off the coast of Alaska. Common in Siberia. Found in dry grasslands, moors, damp meadows, and hills. Listen to Call Voice Text "tsk-tsk-tsk", "tchack" Interesting Facts * The Stonechat utters a sharp loud call that sounds like two stones being tapped together. More

The Stonechat motor was in a specially built container which completely filled the C-130 freight hold. There was no way of jettisoning the load, and with 9. More

* Listen to a Stonechat (RSPB site) Call is like two stones tapped together "trak- trak" * Similar birds: Whinchat Male and female stonechats are different, the male is a dandy in springtime, with an orange-buff breast strong in tint, set off by a black head and throat, with dark brown upperparts, and a contrasting white patch on the cheek-neck area. More

stonechat definition Hear it! = stonechat definition stone·chat (-c̸hat′) noun any of certain small, insect-eating Old World thrushes (esp. More

stonechat pronunciation /ˈstoʊnˌtʃæt/ Show Spelled Show IPA –nounany of several small Old World birds, esp. of the genus Saxicola, as S. torquata. Use stonechat in a SentenceSee images of stonechatSearch stonechat on the Web - Origin: 1775–85; stone + chat, so called from its warning cry which sounds like a clash of stones Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010. More

The Stonechat is similar to the Whinchat but is generally darker in appearance and looks less slender. In the spring and summer, the male has a black head and orange-red underparts. The back and wings are dark brown. There are white patches on each side of its neck, rump and wings. At other times of the year the male is duller. More

StonechatStonechat (Saxicola torquata) Czech RepublicPhoto no. More

gallowayfarm wrote 3 weeks ago: The first stonechat I have ever seen on the Chayne The Chayne is really coming to life. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Muscicapidae
Genus : Saxicola
Species : torquatus
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1766)