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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Saxicola[?]
Binomial name
Saxicola rubetra

The Whinchat Saxicola rubetra is a member of the Thrush family Turdidae.

It is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in open rough pasture or similar uncultivated grassland in Europe and Asia. It nests in tussocks. All birds winter in Africa.

The Whinchat is similar in size to the European Robin. Both sexes have a yellowish rump and white tail, with a black terminal band.

The summer male has brownish upperparts, buff throat and blackish head sides. It has a strong white supercilium. There are white wing patches.

The female has pale brown head sides, a buff supercilium and no white wing patches.

The male has a whistling, crackly song. Its call is a typical Chat “chack” noise or a soft whistle.

Other members of the genus include

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