The African stonechat or common stonechat (Saxicola torquatus) is a species of the Old World flycatcher family (Muscicapidae), inhabiting sub-Saharan Africa and adjacent regions. Like the other chats, it was long assigned to the thrush family (Turdidae), to which the chats are convergent. Its scientific name refer to its appearance and habitat and means "collared rock-dweller": Saxicola from Latin saxum ("rock") + incola ("one who dwells in a place"), torquatus, Latin for "collared".

In the past S. torquatus usually referred to the entire "common stonechat" superspecies and some sources still keep it that way, but all available evidence strongly supports full species status for the European (S. rubicola) and the Siberian stonechat (S. maurus) of temperate Eurasia, in addition to the island-endemics Fuerteventura chat (S. dacotiae) and Réunion stonechat (S. tectes) which were never unequivocally accepted into S. torquata. The Madagascan stonechat is also considered distinct. In addition, the well-marked populations of the Horn of Africa uplands may well qualify for an additional species.
African Stonechat
Date Location Count
2021-06-06 07:32Volcanoes NP--Headquarters2
2021-06-16 06:41Nyungwe Forest NP2
2021-05-26 07:00Lake Bunyonyi1
2021-06-06 11:31Nyarutarama Lake and Golf Course1
2021-06-17 16:21Okavango Delta--Mombo/Little Mombo Camp2
2021-05-27 07:41Chobe NP--A33 (Ngoma to Kasane)
2021-06-15 16:21Chobe River--boat trip (Botswana)2
2021-06-08 08:07Katombora6
2021-05-30 04:30Kakamega Forest NR (General)1
2021-05-26 10:30West Coast NP2
2021-06-12 12:34West Coast NP--Geelbek hides vicinity1
2021-06-10 07:07St Andrews Turi, KE (-0.279, 35.764)2
2021-05-30 11:47Groot Winterhoek Wilderness--Trailhead/Upper Canyons2
2021-05-31 07:14Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge1
2021-06-21 10:50Murungaru, North Kinangop2
2021-06-14 06:59Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater1
2021-06-16 12:14Van der Stel Pass Rd (D1288)--North of Bot R. Bridge2
2021-06-10 17:45Al Heefah National Park (منتزة الحيفة)2
2021-06-16 09:51Swartrivier Road3
2021-06-07 20:20Wadi Dahna (وادي الدهناء)2
2021-05-24 20:46Wadi Tahalel (وادي تهلل)3
2021-05-30 23:16Soudah Forests (غابات السودة)3
2021-06-05 10:17Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve2
2021-06-17 17:49Soudah Waterfall (شلال السودة)4
2021-05-31 18:56Jebel Al Muhareth (جبل المحرث)2
2021-06-09 15:41Mt Meru Forest Reserve3
2021-06-12 10:00Arusha NP1
2021-06-10 15:44Kisolanza The Old Farm House1
2021-05-29 08:20Luwawa Forest Lodge1
2021-05-23 15:09Honeywood Farms2
2021-05-25 05:44Pilanesberg NP--Bakabung2
2021-06-10 15:30Kgomo-Kgomo1
2021-06-12 13:53Koro Creek Golf Estate, Modimolle4
2021-06-11 16:17Modimolle1
2021-06-10 08:30Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific; Do not log Kgomo-Kgomo birds here.)2
2021-06-13 15:05Nylsvley Nature Reserve--Vogelfontein5
2021-05-28 07:14Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden1
2021-05-29 07:04Roodepoort Athletics Stadium2
2021-06-19 11:06Diepsloot Nature Reserve5
2021-06-07 07:10Eagle Canyon Golf Estate3
2021-06-10 07:55Panorama Cemetary, Paul Kruger Rd3
2021-05-27 16:09Delta Park3
2021-06-19 10:59Johannesburg Botanical Gardens1
2021-06-11 09:20Glen Austin Bird Sanctuary2
2021-06-16 09:28Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve1
2021-06-07 12:52Rietvlei Nature Reserve13
2021-05-30 06:15Rietvlei Nature Reserve--Otter Bridge
2021-06-02 06:26Polokwane GR1
2021-06-20 07:30Thokoza Wetland2
2021-05-23 14:59Suikerbosrand--Blesboklaagte Road1
2021-06-11 07:20Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve15
2021-05-31 16:39Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve--northeast corner4
2021-06-11 16:00Tsakane dams2
2021-06-02 14:25Woodbush Forest2
2021-06-02 13:30Haenertsburg Cemetery and Grassland2
2021-06-20 12:40Marievale Bird Sanctuary10
2021-06-06 06:39Bankplaas Road4
2021-06-03 16:10Gonarezhou NP--Chipinda Pools2
2021-06-16 08:04Kruger NP--Pafuri/S63 area1
2021-05-24 07:30Leeupan (Mpumalanga Province)2
2021-06-07 08:18Two Rivers Mine
2021-06-13 08:30Mount Sheba--Mt. Sheba trail2
2021-06-14 10:35Alexpan1
2021-06-05 12:19Kruger NP--S90 (H1-4 to S41)2
2021-05-24 16:16Umkumbe Safari Lodge
2021-05-23 15:10Cathedral Peak Hotel2
2021-06-07 15:28Kruger NP--N'wanetsi Picnic Spot1
2021-06-08 09:53Kruger NP--Trichardt Rd1
2021-06-08 10:12Kruger NP--Old Tshokwane Rd/S1281
2021-06-19 15:02Champagne Castle1
2021-06-06 08:48Kruger NP--Mlondozi to Tshokwane/H101
2021-06-20 08:59Marloth Park1
2021-05-24 10:25Maloti-Drakensberg Park--Giant's Castle1
2021-06-12 13:29Midmar Dam--North Shore (Main Gate)6
2021-06-16 07:39Midmar Dam--South Shore (Thurlow Gate)20
2021-06-15 09:45Macaneta-- Wetland, dune forests and coast5
2021-06-13 08:50Maputo Elephant Game Reserve
2021-06-12 07:27Zulu Nyala GL1
2021-06-03 05:50Dunes de Dovela2
2021-06-20 07:20Parc de Tsarasaotra (Lac Alarobia)2
2021-06-06 11:00Angavokely Forest Station1