Saxicola rubetra (Whinchat) 

Europese bontrokkie [Afrikaans]; Paapje [Dutch]; Tarier des prés [French]; Braunkehlchen [German]; Cartaxo-nortenho [Portuguese]

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Saxicola rubetra (Whinchat)   

Whinchat male, Sweden. [photo Peter Samuelsson ©]


Distribution and habitat

Palearctic breeding migrant, as once it has finished breeding in Europe it heads south to West and Central Africa. It is a rare vagrant to southern Africa, with a number of records scattered across the region, in eastern South Africa, Zimbabwe, northern Botswana and western Namibia. It generally prefers open, moist habitats with a few perches and patches of bare ground, such as in grassland with scattered trees and bushes, grassy marshes and cultivated areas.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 



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