Stonechat

Name: Stonechat

Scientific name: Saxicola torquata

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: A small, dumpy chat, a little smaller than the Robin. Stonechats have quite a big head and short tail. They can frequently be seen sitting on the top of gorse bushes, calling like two small stones being hit together. Males are dark above, with a reddish o

How to identify: Darker than the similar Whinchat, with no pale eyestripe and a dark throat. Whinchats have pale patches at the base of the tail: Stonechat tails are all dark.

Where: Resident on moorland and heathland throughout the country. Can also be found on saltmarshes around the coast during the winter.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 50
  • Agility: 60
  • Rarity: 60
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 60

Fantastic fact: On heathland in the south of England, Dartford Warblers can often be found following Stonechats around, perhaps catching the small insects that the larger bird disturbs.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc


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comments

  • Mink_ox
    • Date: 2017-03-09 19:52:25
    • Mink_ox

    Today I saw one of these they are beautiful singers and have a flight like a great tit