Scientific Name: Saxicola stejnegeri
Malay Name: Murai-Sawah Biasa
Chinese Name: 东亚石䳭
Range: Found from Siberia, northern China, Japan to Korea and winters to southern China and Southeast Asia
Size: 14 cm
Identification: Breeding male has black head, upperparts and wings, broad white patch on side of nape and neck, white wing patch, whitish rump and orange-rufous breast. Female has streaked crown, sandy-brown upperparts and unmarked buffish underparts with rufescent breast. Non-breeding male resembles female but black feather-bases visible on head-sides/throat and lores/chin often all black.
Habitat: Grasslands and other open habitats.
Behaviour/Ecology: Often sits atop an open perch, drops to ground to pick up food and returns to the same perch or one nearby.
Local Status: Rare migrant
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Amur Stonechat Saxicola stejnegeri Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Amur Stonechat. Retrieved on October 2, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/amur-stonechat.