The Fuerteventura Chat (Saxicola dacotiae) is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. It, and similar small European species, are often called chats.
Distribution / Range
The Fuerteventura Chat is similar in size to the European Robin. Both sexes have a dark rump and tail.
In summer the male has dark brownish upperparts, orange throat and black head. It has strong white neck sides and a white supercilium (line above eye). The appearance is like a cross between Whinchat and Stonechat. The female has paler brown upperparts and head, and no white neck patches.
Song / Call
The male has a clicking call and high twittering song like a Stonechat.
Other members of the genus include
- Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra
- European Stonechat, Saxicola rubicola
- Siberian Stonechat, Saxicola maura
- African Stonechat, Saxicola torquata
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