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
2021-02-15 12:00Aéroport de Franceville1
2021-02-27 09:10Gisakura Tea Factory & Forest1
2021-02-20 08:25Gisakura Park Reception-- Ndambarare Trail2
2021-02-10 08:30Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kasenyi Track1
2021-02-07 07:54Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp2
2021-02-25 06:07Rangiro Road1
2021-02-06 07:20Mgahinga NP2
2021-02-24 09:05Kibale Forest NP--North end2
2021-02-13 10:00Echuya Forest Reserve3
2021-02-07 06:20Magashi Peninsula1
2021-02-23 08:23Nyaruhuru River @ Akagera Rd2
2021-02-14 06:45West Coast NP1
2021-02-25 18:03St Andrews Turi, KE (-0.279, 35.764)1
2021-02-01 07:00Lake Nakuru NP1
2021-02-06 14:22Lake Ol Bolossat, Nyahururu1
2021-02-02 15:00Malu Farm2
2021-02-27 15:50Ataye Wetlands1
2021-02-28 07:49Abe Bailey Nature Reserve1
2021-02-13 06:25Nylsvley Nature Reserve--Vogelfontein5
2021-02-12 17:19Diepsloot Nature Reserve5
2021-02-19 08:00Eagle Canyon Golf Estate4
2021-02-03 06:45Naturena1
2021-02-06 11:52Modderfontein Reserve1
2021-02-28 18:08Rietvlei Nature Reserve2
2021-02-21 06:00Thokoza Wetland3
2021-02-13 12:54Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve3
2021-02-15 15:51Plettenberg Bay--Uplands Road2
2021-02-22 06:23Wamba Marsh3
2021-02-13 06:26Marievale Bird Sanctuary--Hadeda Hide1
2021-02-18 08:22Ebenezer Dam1
2021-02-27 08:35Devon Grasslands IBA (Mpumalanga Province)1
2021-02-03 07:05Leeupan (Mpumalanga Province)
2021-02-21 09:16Mountain Zebra NP--Restcamp1
2021-02-20 15:28Wonderfontein Pans5
2021-02-08 06:18Wakkerstroom area (Please be more specific)4
2021-02-15 06:54Wakkerstroom bridge/causeway2
2021-02-02 09:07Drakensberg Nest Hotel area2
2021-02-09 11:15Maloti-Drakensberg Park--Highmoor NR6
2021-02-28 05:39Karkloof--Conservancy4
2021-02-21 14:19Midmar Dam--North Shore (Main Gate)6
2021-02-07 06:23Midmar Dam--South Shore (Thurlow Gate)18
2021-02-27 18:00Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy1
2021-02-27 17:00Hilton--Mondi Forests4
2021-02-28 11:42Albert Falls NR2
2021-02-21 06:58Nkandla FR1