One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small Eurasian and North African songbird related to the stonechat, with a brown back and orange-buff underparts.
Saxicola rubetra, subfamily Turdinae, family Muscicapidae
- ‘The whinchat is a summer visitor and passage migrant.’
- ‘Also noteworthy was that at least 10 of the red-backed shrikes, one of the lesser greys and both the wagtails and whinchats were taking advantage of the extensive new Presidential Palace Hotel lawns.’
- ‘Fri Aug 24, 2007 11: 25 am Post subject: local patch hello, I've just been for a walk and had a great morning in the field next to my house, I've seen lots but I'm not sure whether 2 birds in my field are whinchats of female stonechats, if they were stonechats, there is no sign of a male, What do you think?’
- ‘The bulk of the whinchats pass through Mersea from mid-August to mid-September and in the previous years there has been the occasional double figure count in some parts of the Island.’
- ‘Evidence of breeding for both wheatears and whinchats would be particularly welcomed by the County Recorder!’
- ‘Insect life is increasing rapidly, encouraging birds such as snipe, curlew, grasshopper warbler, sedge warbler, and whinchat.’
- ‘I'd go with the whinchat too, and female rather than male also.’
- ‘Plenty stonechats, whinchats, wheatear, both adults and young were abundant in numbers.’
- ‘Where a cover of bracken is found, it provides nesting cover for other bird species, particularly whinchats and wheatears.’
Late 17th century: from whin + chat.
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