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19

Whinchat

(Saxicola rubetra)
German name(s): "Braunkehlchen"
Size: 12-14 cm
Weight: 13-26 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Whinchat at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of a male Whinchat; note the white supercilia (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Biebrza NP, Poland, May 2017]

Lateral view of a male Whinchat (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a male Whinchat (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Dorsal view of a male Whinchat (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

FEMALE

Pair of Whinchats; male on the left, female on the right (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Frontal view of a female Whinchat (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Near-lateral view of a female Whinchat (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Lateral view of a female Whinchat (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Lateral view of a female Whinchat (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Pair of Whinchats; male below, female above with drooping wings as often seen in robins (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Pair of Whinchats; male below, female above (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Food, Diet

Whinchats are mostly insectivores, but may take fruit or berries in autumn.

Pair of Whinchats; male on the left, female on the right - the male has caught a caterpillar (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

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.

whnchat_dw_20160529.mp3 (Poland) Territorial calls (male) © DW

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