Saxicola torquata - Common stonechat:

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Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Aves / Passeriformes / Muscicapidae / Saxicola / Species

This section is currently predominantly used in Wildpro to link different data types and demonstrate inter-relationships. Although it identifies that taxonomic interrelationships of species (see "header") it does not currently contain detailed information on the bird species itself. As WILDPro is developed, we will gradually convert these pages into full Species pages.

The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
  • Saxicola torquata torquata - Common stonechat(B89)
  • Saxicola torquata maura - Siberian stonechat (B89)
  • Saxicola torquata albofasciata - Ethiopian stonechat (B89)
  • -- (B164)
Distribution Palearctic, Africa; winters to south-eastern Asia (B89)
Habitat Breeding - "A wide range of open land, especially heaths, moors." (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - mainly insects; sometimes fruit
  • feeding behaviour - swoops, sometimes hawks


  • location and structure - ground nesting; cup nest
  • nest building - female
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - Patterned
  • number of eggs - 4-6 (2-7)
  • broods - 2-3 broods
  • incubation - by female; 13-14 days


  • development - Altricial
  • parental caring for young - by male and female; female more than male
  • fledging - 12-16 days

(B163, B164)

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