Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechats are widespread and they breed in areas with low vegetation, but can also be found in areas with heather and gorse. They’re seen at sea level but also above the tree line. They grow to about 11 – 13 cm long. The male’s call resembles the sounds of two pebbles being struck together, explaining the origin of its name. It feeds on a range of insects and spiders and in harsh winters they will feed on seeds and fruits. They nest under shrubs or bushes, with the nest being made from grass and built by the female. When the chicks fledge the male will continue to feed them, allowing for more broods. They can have up to three or more broods in one season as there can be a high mortality rate over long cold winters.

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