Wild Birds

Stonechats or Chats (Saxicola)

Stonechats or Chats (Saxicola)

The stonechats or chats (genus Saxicola) comprise a group of small perching birds that are restricted to the Old World.

They inhabit open scrubland and grassland with scattered small shrubs and mostly feed on insects.

Species list, following Urquhart and Bowley 2002:

  • Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra
  • Stoliczka’s Bushchat or White-browed Bushchat, Saxicola macrorhyncha
  • Hodgson’s Bushchat or White-throated Bushchat, Saxicola insignis
  • Fuerteventura Chat or Canary Island Stonechat, Saxicola dacotiae
  • European Stonechat, Saxicola rubicola (previously S. torquata rubicola)
  • Siberian Stonechat or Asian Stonechat, Saxicola maura (previously S. torquata maura)
  • African Stonechat, Saxicola torquata
  • Reunion Stonechat, Saxicola tectes
  • White-tailed Stonechat, Saxicola leucura
  • Pied Bushchat, Saxicola caprata
  • Jerdon’s Bushchat, Saxicola jerdoni
  • Grey Bushchat, Saxicola ferrea
  • White-bellied Bushchat or Timor Bushchat, Saxicola gutturalis
  • Buff-streaked Bushchat, Saxicola bifasciata

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