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
2020-01-30 08:30PN des Oiseaux du Djoudj2
2020-02-04 07:16Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kasenyi Track2
2020-02-05 07:21Nyabarongo River
2020-02-22 19:21Imbabala Safari Camp1
2020-02-12 11:35Kliphoek Salt Pans2
2020-02-04 07:59Darling Hills/Groote Post Road2
2020-02-17 07:11Ganzekraal Road1
2020-01-30 12:30Haile Resort1
2020-02-08 07:00Ngorongoro Conservation Area2
2020-02-14 06:30Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater4
2020-02-22 06:58Strandfontein WTP1
2020-02-17 11:45Ngorongoro Conservation Area--SW Crater Rim Highlands15
2020-02-14 17:32Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge1
2020-02-04 11:00Gatamaiyu Forest2
2020-01-26 13:18Wajee Camp and Mukurweini area2
2020-02-16 07:51Nairobi NP1
2020-02-04 06:53Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve10
2020-01-28 08:30Magongo Hills2
2020-02-07 08:32Goba Wabe Shebelle Hotel1
2020-02-16 08:04Arusha NP3
2020-02-02 06:00Nyika National Park7
2020-02-11 06:35Simba Farm1
2020-02-06 02:22Bontebok NP6
2020-02-07 10:55Agulhas Plains--Malgas to N25
2020-02-18 16:00Potteberg Guest Farm2
2020-02-08 16:10Benfontein Nature Reserve2
2020-02-02 12:14Walkhaven Dog Park1
2020-02-16 06:41Diepsloot Nature Reserve2
2020-02-02 10:34Rooiwal WTP1
2020-02-12 05:48Eagle Canyon Golf Estate2
2020-02-13 17:36Candlewoods Wetland1
2020-02-18 07:41Rietvlei Nature Reserve12
2020-02-23 06:30Bronkhorstspruit Dam
2020-02-22 05:22Wilge River Valley (upper)1
2020-02-16 08:25Marievale Bird Sanctuary12
2020-01-26 08:20Marievale Bird Sanctuary--Otter Hide1
2020-02-15 09:45Marievale Bird Sanctuary--Shorebird Pond1
2020-02-15 10:20Marievale Bird Sanctuary--Hadeda Hide3
2020-01-24 05:30Zomba Plateau--campsite2
2020-02-02 14:30Verloren Valei Nature Reserve4
2020-02-16 10:35Cape St Frances2
2020-02-09 06:05Addo Elephant NP--Main Rest Camp1
2020-02-19 10:15Wakkerstroom Lark Loop--Second 6 Km
2020-02-20 14:15Wakkerstroom - Yellow-breasted Pipit Fields (KZN)4
2020-01-25 14:00Malolotja NP
2020-01-26 10:30Sani Pass (ZA) - Final 15km / high elevation (+-ZA Border Post to Lesotho Border Post)2
2020-02-16 16:44Highmoor NR4
2020-02-08 14:30Karkloof - Rietvlei4
2020-01-26 14:00Midmar Dam - South Shore (Thurlow Gate)22
2020-02-08 13:00Karkloof - Lower Rd4
2020-02-05 08:45Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy6