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European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) One of five sub-species of Stonechats which include an African and a Siberian Stonechat, they were once thought of as a one of the Thrush family but they are now considered an Old World Flycatcher.<br />
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This is actually just an excuse for me to point out a group of Thrushes are collectively known either as a &quot;Hermitage&quot; or a &quot;Mutation&quot; of Thrushes. You gotta love that!<br />
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I like this fun little bird which sadly, despite its &#039;green&#039; conservation status is on the decline due to habitat loss.<br />
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The photo above shows a male Stonechat in his summer coat.<br />
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In this accompanying video, we see a Juvenile and both an adult male and female:<section class="video"><iframe width="448" height="282" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/-DQnrbp29MI?hd=1&autoplay=0&rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></section> European Stonechat,Fall,Geotagged,Saxicola rubicola,United Kingdom Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)

One of five sub-species of Stonechats which include an African and a Siberian Stonechat, they were once thought of as a one of the Thrush family but they are now considered an Old World Flycatcher.

This is actually just an excuse for me to point out a group of Thrushes are collectively known either as a "Hermitage" or a "Mutation" of Thrushes. You gotta love that!

I like this fun little bird which sadly, despite its 'green' conservation status is on the decline due to habitat loss.

The photo above shows a male Stonechat in his summer coat.

In this accompanying video, we see a Juvenile and both an adult male and female:

    comments (5)

  1. The juvenile (I think it is the juvenile, at least) is so cute in the video, cocking its head. Love the group names too! Posted one year ago
    1. The first one is the juvenile.

      I mistook it for a new adult Robin until I got the video home.
      Posted one year ago
    2. ..... Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
  2. No excuses needed for sharing that fun fact. Great video as always! Posted one year ago
    1. Cheers!
      Posted one year ago

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The European Stonechat is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a subspecies of the Common Stonechat. Long considered a member of the thrush family Turdidae, genetic evidence has placed it and its relatives in the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Philip Booker
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Uploaded Nov 8, 2020. Captured Oct 3, 2020 17:22 in Unnamed Road, Brighton, UK.
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  • ISO250
  • 214.72mm