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The Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) name originates from ‘whin’ – the common gorse (a species of flowering plant in the Fabaceae family) – and ‘chat’ referring to the nature of its call. It is a small, colourful bird that is a migratory relative of the Stonechat and Wheatear. An old world flycatcher, both sexes have a strong supercilium, brownish upper parts mottled darker, a pale throat and breast, a pale buff to whitish belly, and a blackish tail with white bases to the outer tail feathers, but in the breeding season, the male has an orange-buff throat and breast.
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