- any of several small Old World birds, especially of the genus Saxicola, as S. torquata.
Origin of stonechat
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Only once have I seen a stonechat in the neighbourhood of this garden.In a Cheshire Garden
It is difficult to put oneself in the place of the Stonechat or of the Whinchat.Territory in Bird Life
H. Eliot Howard
This was on April 23rd, and there were four eggs of the Stonechat.Wild Spain (Espaa agreste)
But the rock stood still, and a stonechat went and perched on it.
That delightful, restless little bird, the stonechat, is a near relation of the wheatear.Birds in Flight
W. P. Pycraft
- an Old World songbird, Saxicola torquata, having a black plumage with a reddish-brown breast: subfamily Turdinae (thrushes)
C18: so called from its cry, which sounds like clattering pebbles
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