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European Stonechat

(Saxicola rubicola)
German name(s): "Schwarzkehlchen"
Size: 11.5-13 cm; wing span 18-21 cm
Weight: 13-17 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See European Stonechat at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "rubicola"

Note that we are listing here birds from southern, near-coastal Portugal as part of race "rubicola".

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2019]

Frontal view of a male European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2019]

Near-lateral view of a male European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2019]

Lateral view of a male European Stonechat with, for comparison, an European Goldfinch (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2014]

Lateral/ventral view of a male European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a male European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, January 2019]

Dorsal view of a male European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2018]

Ventral view of a male European Stonechat banking to land with its prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female European Stonechat taking a bath (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2015]

Lateral view of a female European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, November 2019]

Lateral view of a female European Stonechat carrying nest material (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2019]

Dorsal view of a female European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, August 2019]

PAIR

Pair of European Stonechats talking to each other? (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2019]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a first-winter male European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2018]

Near-lateral view of a first-winter European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2019]

Lateral view of a first-winter European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a first-winter European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a first-winter European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, August 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a first-winter European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia river, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Dorsal view of a first-winter European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2014]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, April 2017]

Male European Stonechat with two juveniles (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, January 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2019]

Frontal view of a fledgling European Stonechat fluttering its wings (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2019]

Lateral view of a fledgling European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a fledgling European Stonechat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Race "hibernans"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male European Stonechat in worn plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Padstow, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

Near-frontal view of a male European Stonechat in worn plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Padstow, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

Near-lateral view of a male European Stonechat in worn plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Padstow, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

Lateral view of a male European Stonechat in worn plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Padstow, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female European Stonechat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Padstow, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

Lateral view of a female European Stonechat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Padstow, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a female European Stonechat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Padstow, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a juvenile European Stonechat starting to moult into adult plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Padstow, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile European Stonechat starting to moult into adult plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Padstow, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

Food, Diet

Lateral view of a male European Stonechat with its prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a male European Stonechat with its prey, possibly a moth (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2015]

Near-dorsal view of an European Stonechat with what looks like a berry (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2019]

Dragonflies seem to know that European Stonechats do not prey on them (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, August 2019]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

stoncht_jp_20200422.m4a rubicola
(Portugal)
Territorial calls (male) © JP
stoncht_jp_20200605.m4a rubicola
(Portugal)
Alarm calls(?) © JP

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