Common Stonechat

Common StonechatCommon Stonechat - Bill Black

Where and when to see: In grassland and scrubland, particularly during migration in March to April and September to October

Latin name: Saxicola torquatus

At a similar size to a Robin the Stonechat can be relatively easily picked out as it breeds in open areas with a low level of vegetation cover. The male has a black head with white collar, black back and rusty orange underside. The female has a brown head instead of the black and white collar. The Stonechat gets its name from the short, sharp, loud call it makes that sounds like two stones being clapped together. It eats a variety of seeds, fruits and invertebrates.

Status in Alderney: Scarce Resident

Status in UK (RSPB Criteria): Green

Worldwide Status (IUCN Red List and Population Trend): Least Concern; Stable