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Stonechats

stonechat
(Science: ornithology) A small, active, and very common European singing bird (Pratincola rubicola).
Synonym: chickstone, stonechacker, stonechatter, stoneclink, stonesmith.
The wheatear.
The blue titmouse.
The name is sometimes applied to various species of Saxicola, Pratincola, and allied genera; as, the pied stonechat of india (Saxicola picata).
Origin: So called from the similarity of its alarm note to the clicking together of two pebbles.


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