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Castillo de Castillar, Andalusia


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 640 mm
Exposure 1/1000, f/9.9, ISO 400 
Image size 800 x 533 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Passeriformes   Family  Muscicapidae

Deutsch  *Schwarzkehlchen Dutch  Afrikaanse Roodborsttapuit
Italian  Saltimpalo africano Spanish  Tarabilla Común


In the past, the European stonechat was generally considered conspecific with the Siberian stonechat and African stonechat, lumped together as common stonechat S. torquatus. A new review adding mtDNA cytochrome b sequence and nuclear DNA microsatellite fingerprinting evidence strongly supports their separation into distinct species. Due to a misunderstanding of the rules of Zoological nomenclature, for a short time the name S. torquatus was erroneously used for the European stonechat rather than the African stonechat. This controversy is detailed in the reference below.

The etymology of the English name derives from its call, sounding like two stones knocked together. The scientific name Saxicola means "rock-dweller", from Latin saxum, a rock + incola, dwelling in; and rubicola, "bramble-dweller", from Latin Rubus, brambles + incola;


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European Stonechat
Saxicola rubicola
Tarier européen

Jean-Michel PAULUS