Mobile bird identification
Adult Male (Summer)
The male Stonechat in summer has a black head, white flash on neck, black streaked back and a bright rust red breast.
Stonechat Saxicola torquata
Common resident breeder in most of Southern Europe a summer migrant to parts of the North. Resident breeder in the UK but a summer visitor only to parts of Northern Scotland.
A bird of open moorland with gorse or low scattered bushes.
Often seen perched on top of small bushes the Stonechat can be a cheeky little bird, calling it's distinctive alarm call in defiance of human intrusion in it's territory. It name derives from that very call which sounds like two stones being knocked together.
Species: S. torquata
Male and female Stonechats feeding
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Black and brown streaked back and wings
Short stocky, round build
White patch on neck
Small wing bar
Typical view of a male Stonechat in summer, nearly always on the top of a small bush or fence post. Note the striking black head and rust red breast.
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Adult Male (Winter)
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The male bird in winter is not unlike the female, however he lacks the white throat and is darker in colour.
The female bird is a paler version of the male but with a white throat.
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The juvenile bird has a mottled breast and a pale throat.