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About the Whinchat

Also known as: European Whinchat, Marsh Bushchat
The Whinchat is a small species of songbird found across much of the Old World, including all over Europe, most of Africa, and much of northern and central Asia.

The taxonomical classification of the Whinchat has changed over time as we learn more about DNA. Previously categorized with the thrush family, the Whinchat is now considered to be closely related to Old World flycatchers.

Whinchats are ground nesters; females create a nest of moss and dried grasses with a soft lining of fur or hairs. They feed mainly on insects as well as spiders, worms, and other very small invertebrates.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 23 June 2016
Scientific Name Saxicola rubetra
  • Passeriformes
  • Muscicapidae
  • Saxicola
  • S. rubetra
Birdorable Family Flycatchers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 21 August 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
4.7 to 5.5 inches
.46 to .92 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa Asia Europe Africa

International Names

  • 草原石(即鸟) (Chinese)
  • bramborníček hnědý (Czech)
  • Bynkefugl (Danish)
  • Paapje (Dutch)
  • pensastasku (Finnish)
  • Tarier des prés (French)
  • Braunkehlchen (German)
  • Stiaccino (Italian)
  • マミジロノビタキ [mamijironobitaki] (Japanese)
  • Buskskvett (Norwegian)
  • pokląskwa (Polish)
  • Cartaxo-nortenho (Portuguese)
  • Луговой чекан (Russian)
  • Tarabilla Norteña (Spanish)
  • Buskskvätta (Swedish)