Scientific Name: Saxicola torquatus
Name: Common Stonechat
Common stonechat is the name used for the Saxicola species Saxicola torquatus when this is treated in its broad sense. It is, however, now more widely considered to be a superspecies consisting of several related but distinct species, which are outwardly fairly similar but genetically distinct and replacing each other geographically without significant hybridisation
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Size in Inch
white (Bird may have more colors)
Common Stonechat feeds manly on invertebrates such as insects and larvae of numerous species, beetles, flies, ants, grasshoppers, bugs, damselflies and spiders. It may also take snails, small earthworms and small fish and lizards. It also consumes small vertebrates, seeds and fruits.
Habit and habited:
Summers in open country with bushes,including high-altitude semi-desert; winters in scrub, and cultivation.
Calls include hweet and hard tsak.
The Common Stonechat resembles its closest living relative the European Stonechat, but is typically darker above and paler below, with a white rump and whiter underparts with less orange on the breast.