Amur Stonechat

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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

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

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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Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.