Common Stonechat

I his plump, dark-faced bird gets its name from its sharp, scolding call, which sounds like two stones being knocked together. It inhabits open heathland, where it perches on the tops of bushes before swooping to take insects on the ground or occasionally in the air.

• NEST a loose cup nest of plant r"f°"s materials, lined and tucked into orange vegetation on or near ground level.

• Distribution Much of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Some southward migration in winter.

black head contrasts with wh ite neck patch

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Plumage Scxcs d|(ïcr

Migration partja| migrant

Family -

Species Oenanthe oenanthe

foraging birds pause to look around

when taking off, birds expose a black-and-white pattern at the rump

Northern Wheatear

An inconspicuous bird of bare, open ground, this species forages on the ground, hunting invertebrates. It also catches insects in flight.

• NEST a lined cup nest made of grass and moss, in a cavity.

• Distribution

Breeds in Eurasia and N. North America. Winters in Africa.

foraging birds pause to look around distribution when taking off, birds expose a black-and-white pattern at the rump

Family TURDIDAK

Species Emcurvs ruficapillus

forked tail

Female strong

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