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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 23 June 2016
Scientific Name
Saxicola rubetra
  • Passeriformes
  • Muscicapidae
  • Saxicola
  • S. rubetra
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 22 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
4.7 to 5.5 inches
.46 to .92 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 草原石(即鸟)
Czech (Cesky) bramborníček hnědý
Danish (Dansk) Bynkefugl
Dutch (Nederlands) Paapje
Finnish (Suomi) pensastasku
French (Français) Tarier des prés
German (Deutsch) Braunkehlchen
Italian (Italiano) Stiaccino
Japanese (日本語) マミジロノビタキ [mamijironobitaki]
Norwegian (Norsk) Buskskvett
Polish (Polski) pokląskwa
Portuguese (Português) Cartaxo-nortenho
Russian (русский язык) Луговой чекан
Spanish (Español) Tarabilla Norteña
Swedish (Svenska) Buskskvätta
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