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
2021-07-20 08:55Liuwa Plain NP1
2021-07-17 14:52Chitunta Plain IBA6
2021-07-16 13:37Barotse Plains Causeway3
2021-07-08 15:23Gisakura Park Reception-- Ndambarare Trail1
2021-07-01 15:13Nyungwe Forest Lodge
2021-07-12 07:30Volcanoes NP
2021-07-11 16:00Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
2021-07-05 06:43Volcanoes NP--Headquarters1
2021-07-04 14:13Ruhija to 'The Neck'2
2021-07-14 09:19Bwindi-Impenetrable NP--Ruhija3
2021-07-17 06:48Nyungwe Forest NP1
2021-07-11 12:56UMUSAMBI VILLAGE - Wetlands and Grey Crowned Crane rehabilitation1
2021-07-09 15:19Moremi Game Reserve--South Gate
2021-07-20 07:12Frangilla Lodge
2021-07-03 13:30Shoebill Camp Site
2021-06-29 16:39Mutinondo Wilderness
2021-07-15 09:30Eburru Hills3
2021-07-18 08:53Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater1
2021-07-16 10:08Manguo Swamp
2021-07-04 14:42Limuru Wastewater Treatment Ponds2
2021-07-10 11:20Rooi-Els1
2021-06-29 17:51Soudah Waterfall (شلال السودة)2
2021-07-18 08:00Magongo Hills1
2021-06-26 21:41Jebel Al Muhareth (جبل المحرث)4
2021-07-09 07:36Mt Meru Forest Reserve19
2021-07-11 08:16Mt. Meru Hotel1
2021-06-28 09:00Arusha NP
2021-07-24 06:54Cleveland Dam/Haka Game Park1
2021-07-11 15:57Gosho Park1
2021-07-14 13:21Hekpoort vicinity2
2021-07-09 13:10Magamba Nature Forest Reserve--Sekomu Trail1
2021-07-01 12:42Walkhaven Dog Park1
2021-07-15 12:11West Usambara Mountains--Muller's Lodge & lower Mzuki Forest Reserve2
2021-07-10 11:13Diepsloot Nature Reserve20
2021-07-19 06:55Eagle Canyon Golf Estate2
2021-06-27 15:43The Lakes Park1
2021-07-06 09:19Golden Harvest Park1
2021-07-24 08:48Uluguru Mountains--Bondwa Peak Trail1
2021-07-11 07:30Glen Austin Bird Sanctuary1
2021-06-27 06:30Modderfontein Reserve2
2021-07-12 11:24Rietvlei Nature Reserve--Coots Corner1
2021-06-27 12:44Rietvlei Nature Reserve20
2021-07-11 07:30Eikenhof1
2021-07-04 11:35Meyer's Farm1
2021-07-19 10:13Kempton Park2
2021-07-25 07:30Thokoza Wetland2
2021-07-04 07:18Detweedespruit Conservancy6
2021-07-24 16:33East Usambara Mountains--Kwankoko Tea Plantation1
2021-06-30 09:01Bullfrog Dam3
2021-06-27 07:19Suikerbosrand--Blesboklaagte Road2
2021-07-11 12:34Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve18
2021-07-18 13:51Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve--northeast corner5
2021-07-02 08:59Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve--Ridge Top Drive5
2021-06-28 10:00Garingboom Guest Farm2
2021-07-20 14:41Marievale Bird Sanctuary2
2021-07-11 09:51Qodesh Campground5
2021-07-17 11:58Bankplaas Road2
2021-07-19 08:30Leeupan (Mpumalanga Province)4
2021-07-10 09:00Secunda
2021-06-27 10:30Mafika Lisiu Pass1
2021-07-03 07:17Nelspruit--Mataffin1
2021-07-14 13:37Dulini Private Game Reserve1
2021-07-14 09:18Kwandwe Private Game Reserve1
2021-07-11 15:22Hogsback Inn2
2021-07-23 16:38Kruger NP--Crocodile Bridge Camp1
2021-07-24 13:46Maloti-Drakensberg Park--Giant's Castle2
2021-06-27 08:19Bushmans Nek2
2021-06-28 10:17Sani Pass (ZA)--low elevation (First 15km +-Sani Backpackers to ZA Border Post)2
2021-07-19 16:37Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy1
2021-07-17 12:24Macaneta-- Wetland, dune forests and coast1
2021-07-03 14:50Pietermaritzburg--Darvill Resources Park2
2021-06-29 17:25Hluhluwe-Imfolozi GR--Mpila Camp2
2021-07-21 12:30Ridgeside Reservoir1
2021-07-19 06:02Phinda GR
2021-07-05 09:50Nibela Floodplains2
2021-07-01 14:03St Lucia--iMfolozi River mouth2
2021-07-04 07:41Parc de Tsarasaotra (Lac Alarobia)1
2021-06-27 08:44Maromizaha Forest2