Definition of stonechat in English:

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stonechat

Pronunciation: /ˈstōnˌCHat/

noun

A small Old World songbird of the thrush subfamily, having bold markings and a call that sounds like two stones being knocked together.
  • Genus Saxicola, subfamily Turdinae, family Muscicapidae: three or four species, in particular the widespread S. torquata, the male of which has a black head and orange breast.
Example sentences
  • This companionship extended into early summer when the stonechat family was fed both in and out of the nest by the lonely Dartford.
  • Forays off the beaten path led me to a common stonechat, a white wagtail, a plain leaf warbler, and a number of species in the shrike family; great grey shrike, masked shrike, and red-backed shrike.
  • Migratory stonechats, Saxicola torquata, established territories as apparent male and female pairs on their wintering grounds in Israel.

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Syllabification: stone·chat

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