qdavpau's picture

Possible stonechat

Observed: 29th December 2011 By: qdavpau
Species interactions

No interactions present.


chrisbrooks's picture

Confusion and your help required please.

I have agreed as it is a Stonechat. However I read with interest the comment posted by RoyW on the first bird in the carousel above. In it he says that S. torquatus is the African Stonechat and in fact S. rubicola is the European Stonechat.

I often get confused with sub species etc. Is there some cross over in ranges of the two birds? Can we even tell from this image?

Please help, your confirmation on this issue would assist me greatly.

ophrys's picture


chrisbrooks's picture


Can I pose a question then please, if you observe say a Black-headed Gull and want to post it, should you use Larus or Chroicocephalus ? It's a problem to know what to do for the best.

ophrys's picture

You choose

I used to update names whenever possible, but it actually does not matter, if iSpot is intending to get round to it one day. You could add Larus or Chroicocephalus, I suppose. If you look at a sighting where Chroicocephalus is the accepted ID, you'll see that the links to the NBN still use Larus anyway. Like this one...


I think it is up to you; but, if we are choosing to use and enjoy iSpot, presumably we are choosing to use their names, too?

David Jardine's picture

Synonyms or splits?

We have to be careful here as there is little difficulty in using either name for synonyms such as Chroicocephalus ridibundus and Larus ridibundus.

However splits indicate that we are dealing with different species, so it is probably correct to use S.rubicola.

If ispot had been entirely UK based this would probably not be a problem, but as it has become more international recently it may be prudent to use the up to date split.

All the best