Stejneger’s Stonechat

Scientific Name: Saxicola stejnegeri
Malay Name: Murai-Sawah Biasa
Chinese Name: 史氏石鵖

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

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Changi Grassland, Punggol Barat, Lorong Halus and Pang Sua Park Connector.


External Links:
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia