Chats

Group: 
Birds

Chats are distant members of the thrush family but are generally smaller yet retaining that familar thrush upright posture.

 

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Black Redstart

Phoenicurus ochruros
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An occasional winter visitor to Dorset


 

Redstart

Phoenicurus phoenicurus
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Frequently seen on autumn migration and small numbers breed in Dorset.


 

 

Whinchat

Saxicola rubetra
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An autumn migrant seen on the heath as well has the cliff tops. Much rarer on spring migration.


 

 

Stonechat

Saxicola torquatus
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The quintessential bird of the heath and downland seen perched on the gorse, or scrub, even the taller heather clumps.


 

Nightingale

Luscinia megarhymchos
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Mainly a scarce migrant species nowadays.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Wheatear

Oenanthe oenanthe
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A passage migrant in spring and autumn


 

Woodchat Shrike

Lanius senator
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Normally associated with Mediterranean olive groves but an annual vagrant to Britain between April to October and especially in May


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

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