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Encyclopedia > Whinchat
Whinchat
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Saxicola
Species: rubetra
Binomial name
Saxicola rubetra
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra, is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. It, and similar small European species, are often called chats.


It is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in open rough pasture or similar uncultivated grassland in Europe and Asia. It nests in tussocks. All birds winter in Africa.


The Whinchat is similar in size to the European Robin. Both sexes have a yellowish rump and white tail, with a black terminal band. The summer male has brownish upperparts, buff throat and blackish head sides. It has a strong white supercilium. There are white wing patches.


The female has pale brown head sides, a buff supercilium and no white wing patches.


The male has a whistling, crackly song. Its call is a typical chat “chack” noise or a soft whistle.


Other members of the genus include:


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Whinchat (0 words)
The Whinchat Saxicola rubetra is a member of the Thrush family Turdidae.
It is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in open rough pasture or similar uncultivated grassland in Europe and Asia.
The Whinchat is similar in size to the European Robin.
British Garden Birds - Whinchat (304 words)
The Whinchat is a bird of the heath and similar to the darker, plumper Stonechat.
Whinchats feed on insects and their larvae, but also seeds and berries.
The Whinchat is a moor land bird and so it was a great surprise to see a pair - male and female - in the garden with three more birds perched in neighbours' trees.
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