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White-browed Bushchat - BirdForum Opus

Winter male
Photo by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, December-2017

Alternative name: Stoliczka's Bushchat

Saxicola macrorhynchus


17 cm (6¾ in)
Males in summer plumage blackish above and white below with a buff-tinged breast; also white supercilium, scapulars, primary coverts, upper tail coverts, and inner webs of the tail feathers.
Females, juveniles and winter males buffy-brown above, and pale buff where summer males are white (except inner webs of the tail feathers, white in males at all times).

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Photo by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, December-2017

Very similar to Whinchat but slightly larger, more attenuated and longer-tailed.


Winters in northwestern India and eastern Pakistan in Indus valley lowlands. Breeding grounds not known, and few recent records of summer males. Formerly more widespread, thought to be breeding possibly in northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan, but no nest has ever been found[3].


This is a monotypic species[1]. Most closely related to Whinchat[3].


Dry grassland and shrubby vegetation, dry semi desert areas. Threatened because of agricultural intensification and encroachment.


Similar to Whinchat.


Their diet consists mostly of insects, particularly beetles and ants, also flying insects.

Photo by Shantilal Varu
Kutch, Gujarat, India, October 2017


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  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. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2005. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 10: Cuckoo-Shrikes to Thrushes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334726
  3. Urquhart, E., & Bowley, A. (2002). Stonechats A Guide to the Genus Saxicola. Helm.
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)

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