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Continental Stonechat

Observed: 2nd April 2013 By: james spencerjames spencer’s reputation in Birdsjames spencer’s reputation in Birdsjames spencer’s reputation in Birds
Continental Stonechat
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Saxicola torquata?

Probably one for mods but Saxicola torquata refers to African Stonechat now with S. rubicola the specific name for European Stonechat. With regards this bird - it has a white rump which is not good for hibernans but good for rubicola. Rubicola is said to be a scarce to common passage migrant in the uk and isn't on the British list due to the difficulty in identifying birds from the intergrade zone in southern England and northern France, many of which show white rumps. East coast birds are more likely pure rubicola (especially in easterly winds such as now) as this form breeds north to Denmark.