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Stonechat; Tarabilla Común

Saxicola rubicola


Small, chunky, and upright bird with blackish head and throat. The tail is short and blackish. It has black streaks on brown back (back duller in winter). It shows a white patch on both sides of the neck. The breast is rust-red with paler belly. Slim black legs. The female has brown upperparts and head, and no white neck patches, rump or belly, these areas being streaked dark brown on paler brown, the only white being the scapular patch on the wings and even this often being buffy-white. The Stonechat often perches on the tops of bushes or on overhead wires in otherwise rather open places. It drops to ground to pick up insects, spiders,worms, and some seeds; catches some insects in flight, returning to eat them on a perch.


Prairie close to the sea coast. Asturias


Camera Model: NIKON D500. Exposure Time: 1/6400 sec.; f/5.6; ISO Speed Rating: 640. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash fired. DSC_3416

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Takunda a year ago

Hi Arlanda
Was looking at your old photos. Do you have a video footage of the kermes ilicis?

arlanda a year ago

it really is, Dijana!!

Dijana Serhatlic
Dijana Serhatlic a year ago

Such a beautiful bird.

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Asturias, Spain

Lat: 43.56, Long: -6.88

Spotted on Aug 24, 2018
Submitted on Nov 29, 2018

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