Scientific name: Saxicola torquata
Size: Approx 12cm
Distribution: Can be found throughout the UK, but more frequently seen in the western counties
Months seen: All year round
Habitat: Heathland, parks, coniferous woods and coastal sites. Stonechats like scrubby areas especially favouring gorse and bramble
Food: Invertebrates, berries and seeds
Special features: Male Stonechats have a black head, orange breast, dark brown back, very dark brown tail, a white collar and white patches on the wings and rump. Female Sonechats are similar but they lack the black head and are have paler brown markings on their backs.
The Stonechat name comes from the "chak chak chak" call which sounds similar to two peddles being knocked together.
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