Tuesday 21 November 2023

Female Amur Stonechat

Amur Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri, 东亚石䳭).

They spend summer around Mongolia, Northern China or Siberia and winter somewhere south of here. But during the Spring and Autumn there are always some stonechats foraging and resting around the Xiang river. Sometimes they are timid and sometimes friendly enough to sit and observe me whilst I observe them.

This species is reputed to have broader bills and a slightly less white rump than the Siberian stonechats (Saxicola maurus), but it is often impossible to distinguish between the two species in the wild. 

Female Amur Stonechat by Xiang River