The European stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) utters a sharp loud call that sounds like two stones being tapped together, hence its name. It is a small robin-sized passerine bird. Males have striking black heads and orange-red breasts. Females lack the male's black head, but have an orange tinge to their chests. It really likes to be seen, perching on top of branches and bushes. It frequents sparsely vegetated areas such as moors, open pasture land and marsh type habitats.