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Canary Islands Stonechat - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Canary Island Chat; Canary Islands Bush Chat; Fuerteventura Stonechat

Photo by Jose Ramon
Tindaya flats, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain, July 2015
Saxicola dacotiae


Photo by miami
Fuerteventura, May 2017

11–12·5 cm (4¼-5 in)

  • Dark brown
  • Blackish head and back streaks
  • White supercilium
  • White neck sides
  • Pale orangey-chestnut breast
  • Duller and paler underside
  • Whitish belly
  • Dark rump and tail
  • White tail pattern (visible in flight)
  • White wing band

Female: similar but duller

  • Brown, black-streaked head
  • Lacks white neck patch


Endemic to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • S. d. dacotiae:
  • S. d. murielae:
  • Formerly Canary Islands (Montaña Clara and Allegranza). Extinct


Ravines, deserts, rocky slopes with fairly sparse shrubby vegetation.



Their main diet consists of invertebrates, such as caterpillars, ants, some flies, centipedes, beetles and spiders.


The 4-5 eggs are incubated for 13 days. The generally raise 2 broods per year.

The timing of their breeding effort is linked to the rains.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)
  3. Wikipedia

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