Siberian Stonechat

Saxicola maurus (Pallas, 1773) 11394
Family: Passeriformes > Turdidae

Siberian stonechat, Yoav Perlman

Similar to our Stonechat but with some subtle plumage differences, Siberian Stonechat was only relatively recently recognised as a distinct species. As the name suggests, this is the eastern cousin of our more familiar Stonechat, and is a very rare visitor to Britain & Ireland.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
1.4k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1.4k records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Siberian Stonechat winter distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Winter Distribution 2008-2011.
More from the Atlas Mapstore.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Siberian Stonechat is a scarce autumn vagrant.

Weekly occurence of Siberian Stonechat from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Siberian Stonechat, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Clochdar y Cerrig Siberia
Catalan: bitxac siberià
Czech: brambornícek sibirský
Danish: Sibirisk Bynkefugl
Dutch: Aziatische Roodborsttapuit
Estonian: niidu-kaelustäks
French: Tarier de Sibérie
German: Pallasschwarzkehlchen
Hungarian: keleti cigánycsuk
Italian: Saltimpalo siberiano
Latvian: Sibirijas cakstite
Lithuanian: sibirine juodagalve kiauliuke
Norwegian: Asiasvartstrupe
Polish: klaskawka syberyjska
Slovak: prhlaviar kapucnový
Spanish: Tarabilla Siberiana
Swedish: vitgumpad buskskvätta

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