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Saxicola torquata - Stonechats

Saxicola torquata - Stonechats
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Copyright: Devrim KASAP (dewo) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 9] (279)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-03 9:25
Viewed: 3202
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Küçük, dik duruşlu ve kısa kuyruklu bir kuştur, çalılıklarda ve teller üstünde tüner. Başı koyu, boynunun yanları açık, kuyruk sokumu daha açık, kuyruğunun tamamı koyu renktir. Erkeğinin başı ve boğazı siyah, yarım-boyun halkası parlak beyaz, göğsü kızıl, omuz lekesi büyük ve beyazdır. Dişisi pas rengidir, başı daha kahverengi, boynunun yanları ise daha mattır. Ergeni daha açık renk boğaza sahiptir ancak çayır taşkuşunun gözünün üzerinde bulunan belirgin çizgiden yoksundur. Sesi sert bir ‘sii tak tak’; ötüşü ise hızlı bir şakımadan ibarettir.


Male Stonechats, especially in spring are unmistakable, with their tricoloured plumage: black heads, orange breasts and big white blobs on the sides of the neck. The same pattern can just about be seen on females and juveniles but they are brown not black on the head and upperparts and the orange and white areas are much less pronounced. Some such birds may resemble Whinchats, but Stonechats have fatter bodies, shorter wings and longer tails and, above all, they have no eyestripe to break up their generally dark heads.

Breeds and winters in heathland and sometimes moorland, especially gorse-covered heaths by the coast.

A common resident bird, although local in east and central England, favouring heath and moorland. In winter birds disperse, often to coastal areas. Siberian Stonechats (of the race S.t.maura) are annual vagrants, mainly in the autumn on the east coast.

Widespread in western and southern Europe where they are likely to be found on almost any heathland, especially by the coast.

8 500-22 000 breeding pairs in Britain with range biased towards the southern and western coasts, particularly in Ireland where there are a further 7 500-18 750 breeding pairs.

1-2 million breeding pairs throughout Europe with the largest numbers in France, Spain and Italy.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-03 12:05]

Hi Devrim,

Very nice shot of the stonechat. I love the pose with his beak close to the outshoot of the branch. Lovely colors and details.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-02-04 8:12]

Hello Devrim ,A beautifull shot from this bird , good compositie sharpnes details very nice bg , and framing , Greetings Teunie .

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  • zoso68 (21)
  • [2007-02-05 9:05]

Beautifull colours and light in thi photo. Good Sharp.

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