The African Stonechat is a species of the Old World flycatcher family , inhabiting sub-Saharan Africa and adjacent regions. Like the other chats, it was long assigned to the thrush family , to which the chats are convergent. Its scientific name refer to its appearance and habitat and means "collared rock-dweller": ''Saxicola'' from Latin ''saxum'' + ''incola'' , ''torquatus'', Latin for "collared".
In the past ''S. torquatus'' usually referred to the entire "Common Stonechat" superspecies.. more