Common Stonechat

BIRD INFO

Common Stonechat

Scientific Name:  Saxicola torquatus

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Bird Type:  Perching Birds    410  Views




IDENTITY:

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

BASIC:

  • 13-13 cm

  • 5-5 Inch

  • brown

  • white  (Bird may have more colors)
LOCAL NAMES:
  •    મેંદીયો પિદ્દો
  •    गप्पीदास, गोजा
HABIT AND HABITED:

Summers in open country with bushes,including high-altitude semi-desert; winters in scrub, and cultivation.

FOOD:

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.

VOICE:

Calls include hweet and hard tsak.

INFO:

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.




DISTRIBUTION MAP:
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    Resident (inc. local and altitudinal migrants)
    Former range (no recent records but may still survive)
    Summer visitor (including summer monsoon)
    Winter visitor
    Passage (autumn and/or spring) visitor
    known to be occasional, scarce or erratic
    Small isolated population (actual range smaller)  
    Isolated record(s) - one or more in the same area  
 colour coded for seasonality as per coloured ranges, black denotes unspecified season

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