“The taxonomy of this species is so varied with some calling it the Eastern Stonechat, Siberian Stonechat and Stejneger’s Stonechat. Scientific names also vary: Saxicola torquatus stejnegeri (HBW, Clement & Rose), Saxicola maurus stejnegeri (OBI) or just Saxicola stejnegeri (Brazil).
“I have left it as Stejneger’s Stonechat, the common Stonechat found breeding in Hokkaido.
“We saw a large number, mostly breeding, often with prey while we were there. The vast majority of prey brought to young were caterpillars or worms. But also dipterans and once a possible spider-like insect.
“The two breeding female adults above look less mature (first or second year). Clement (2015) states that it ‘breeds in first year’”.
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
5-10th June 2019
Location: East Hokkaido, Japan
1. Peter Clement, Chris Rose, Robins and Chats, Helm Identification Guides 2015
2. Mark Brazil. Birds of Japan. Helm Field Guides 2018
3. Collar, N. (2019). Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions