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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Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Amur Stonechat Saxicola stejnegeri
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak weeks Jan 08-Jan 14, Jan 15-Jan 21, Jan 22-Jan 28
Early date 17 Oct 1990
Late date 20 Apr 2019
Another species that's seemingly getting rarer. Last record was in Mar 2020, at Lim Chu Kang Lane 3.


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

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