stonechat

[stohn-chat]

Origin of stonechat

1775–85; stone + chat, so called from its warning cry which sounds like a clash of stones
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stonechat

noun
  1. an Old World songbird, Saxicola torquata, having a black plumage with a reddish-brown breast: subfamily Turdinae (thrushes)

Word Origin for stonechat

C18: so called from its cry, which sounds like clattering pebbles
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