Scientific name: Saxicola rubetra
Nature Stars: 60
About: A small, dumpy chat, a little smaller than the Robin. Whinchats have quite a big head and short tail. They can frequently be seen sitting on fence posts or small bushes, their call a soft clicking. Males are streaky brown above, with an orange chest and w
How to identify: Generally paler than the similar Whinchat, with pale eyestripe and a pale throat. Whinchats have pale patches at the base of the tail: Stonechat tails are all dark.
Where: A summer visitor to moorland and heathland throughout the country. Can turn up anywhere during migration.
Fantastic fact: Whin is another name for gorse, which is often found in habitats that Whinchat nests in.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc