Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata)

OTHER NAMES: N/A
Latin Etymology: Saxicola ("stone dweller") caprata (local name for species in Luzon)
Adult male Pied Bush Chat (subspecies S. c. burmanicusat Florican Grasslands, Cambodia - February 2019

Local Name (Khmer): ?
Featured Subspecies: Saxicola caprata burmanicus
Weight: 14-26g
Length: 13-14cm
Wingspan: 21-23cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Pied Bushchat is a relations of the stonechats - a small black and white ground feeding bird native to Southern Asia.  It seems to have fairly similar habits to the stonechats that are more familiar to me - forgaging on the ground while occassionally popping up onto an exposed perch.  The female is a much drabber bird than the male, being coloured in browns.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Saxicola
SUBSPECIES: S. c. caprata, S. c. rossorum, S. c. bicolor, S. c. burmanicus, S. c. nilgiriensis, S. c. atratus, S. c. randi, S. c. anderseni, S. c. fruticola, S. c. francki, S. c. pyrrhonotus, S. c. albonotatus, S. c. cognatus, S. c. belensis, S. c. aethiops, S. c. wahgiensis

 - Sighting Locations -
CAMBODIA - A Wintering migrant
SINGAPORE / CAMBODIA 2019 TRIP - A male seen at Florican Grassland Reserve, pair at Phnom Krom

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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