Saxicola torquata - European Stonechat

Phylum: Chordata - Class: Aves - Order: Passeriformes - Family: Turdidae

European Stonechat

This little member of the thrush family is mainly to be seen on heath and gorse-clad cliff-tops. It is resident in Wales all the year round. The picture above shows a male stonechat, seen in the Algarve region of Portugal. The picture below wast atken on the Wales Coast Path near Llandudno.

Stonechat, Llandudno

The female does not have the black head and the white collar.

European Stonechat on a barbed-wire fence

Nesting usually low down in gorse bushes, stonechats generally produce between four and six offspring. Their main food source is adult insects and their larvae.


This page includes pictures kindly contributed by Ray Tipper.

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