TELLING THEM APART: STONECHAT AND WHIN­CHAT

Bird Watching (UK) - - Species Stonechat -

In the sum­mer months, it is pos­si­ble to find both Whin­chat and Stonechat in the same habi­tat. The males of both species are dis­tinc­tive, but it is pos­si­ble to con­fuse the fe­males, es­pe­cially at a dis­tance, so a care­ful check of the bird’s head is needed to en­sure their iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. As al­ways, pa­tient ob­ser­va­tion is the key to iden­ti­fy­ing these closely-re­lated birds. The fe­male Whin­chat has a lighter brown head, but the real dis­tin­guish­ing fea­ture is the su­per­cil­ium (pale stripe above the eye). Even though it isn’t as strik­ingly white as the male’s, the fe­male Whin­chat still has a very dis­tinct eye stripe, some­thing that is lack­ing in the fe­male Stonechat. In flight, the fe­male Whin­chat has flashes of white on the sides of the tail, while the fe­male Stonechat has none.

STONECHAT WHIN­CHAT

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