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Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus - Male. L 12-13cm. Small, compact bird. When perched, flicks short, dark tail and utters harsh alarm call. Sexes are dissimilar. All birds have a pale, unmarked rump. Adult male has blackish head, white on side of neck, and dark back. Breast is orange-red, grading into pale underparts. In autumn, pale feather fringes make head appear paler. Adult female is similar but colours are muted and plumage is more streaked. 1st winter bird has streaked sandy brown upperparts and head, and buffish orange underparts. Voice Utters harsh tchak call, like two pebbles knocked together. Song is rapid and warbling. Status Breeds in Siberia and central Asia and winters in southern Asia. Vagrant in Europe.
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Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus - Male. L 12-13cm. Small, compact bird. When perched, flicks short, dark tail and utters harsh alarm call. Sexes are dissimilar. All birds have a pale, unmarked rump. Adult male has blackish head, white on side of neck, and dark back. Breast is orange-red, grading into pale underparts. In autumn, pale feather fringes make head appear paler. Adult female is similar but colours are muted and plumage is more streaked. 1st winter bird has streaked sandy brown upperparts and head, and buffish orange underparts. Voice Utters harsh tchak call, like two pebbles knocked together. Song is rapid and warbling. Status Breeds in Siberia and central Asia and winters in southern Asia. Vagrant in Europe.

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Date: 20 Mar 2007
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Credit: KLAUS BJERRE/Nature Photographers Ltd
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