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Any of various small insectivorous birds of the genus Saxicola of Eurasia and Africa, especially S. rubicola, which has a black head and chestnut underparts.

[From the resemblance of the call of S. rubicola to the sound of two small stones being struck together.]
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(Animals) 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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any of several Eurasian thrushes of the genus Saxicola, esp. S. torquata.
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Noun1.stonechat - common European chat with black plumage and a reddish-brown breaststonechat - common European chat with black plumage and a reddish-brown breast
Old World chat, chat - songbirds having a chattering call
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[ˈstəʊntʃæt] Nculiblanco m
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[ˈstəʊnˌtʃæt] nsaltimpalo
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Taxonomists have been busy with Asian stonechats, so the identification of this bird may be clarified in an Aberdeen University laboratory where Llandudno-raised Prof Martin Collinson will analyse its DNA from a dropping collected by Bird Observatory staff.
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Across the heather and gorse, families of Stonechats and Whitethroats darted from bush to bush, no doubt busy feeding fledglings.