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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.]


(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]



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


[ˈstəʊntʃæt] Nculiblanco m


[ˈstəʊnˌtʃæt] nsaltimpalo
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