European stonechat

Recognizable by their distinctive and familiar call, resembling the noise of small pebbles colliding, creating a “tak tak” sound

Blake Matheson

A petite bird that graces grassy areas and heathlands across Europe and Asia. Sporting a size comparable to a sparrow, the males stand out with a distinctive black head and a rusty-orange chest patch, while the females boast a more muted brown hue. These delightful birds prefer open spaces adorned with short bushes and grass, appearing in gardens, fields, and coastal regions.

Communication is a forte for stonechats, as they emit a unique call resembling stones tapping together to convey messages to their avian companions. Their diet is uncomplicated, focusing on insects, spiders, and occasionally seeds, serving as diligent insect hunters that help maintain a balance in the bug population.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Algeria
2023
Finland
2023
France
2023
Germany
2023
Greece
2023
Italy
2023
Kazakhstan
2023
Libya
2023
Mongolia
2023
Morocco
2023
Norway
2023
Portugal
2023
Russia
2023
Spain
2023
Sweden
2023
Tunisia
2023
Turkey
2023
United Kingdom
2023

Anything we've missed?

Help us improve this page by suggesting edits. Glory never dies!

Suggest an edit

Get to know me

Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No