TELLING THEM APART: STONECHAT AND WHINCHAT
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.