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
2021-05-08 11:10Cyamudongo Forest2
2021-04-19 14:30Gisakura Guest House
2021-04-30 08:27Nyungwe Forest Lodge1
2021-05-16 07:11Mountain Gorilla Nest Hotel1
2021-05-08 07:07Lake Karago1
2021-05-08 08:30Volcanoes NP--Headquarters1
2021-05-08 10:01Lake Bihinga2
2021-05-13 18:14Mgahinga NP2
2021-05-03 07:19Nyungwe Forest NP1
2021-05-08 06:30Ruhengeri--general area
2021-05-16 08:05Inyange Factory Wetland1
2021-05-01 12:28Camp Kwando1
2021-05-05 06:26Nkasa Lupala NP1
2021-05-08 06:24Blue Lagoon NP1
2021-04-30 06:30Kakamega Forest NR (General)1
2021-05-08 08:16Kakamega Forest NR--Ikuywa River1
2021-05-08 07:28South Nandi Forest IBA2
2021-05-08 12:07Southwest Mau Forest @ Chebangang4
2021-05-08 11:21West Coast NP--Geelbek hides vicinity1
2021-05-08 08:37Tienie Versveld Nature Reserve2
2021-05-08 09:59Darling (general area)2
2021-05-08 07:10Crater Lane, Menengai2
2021-05-08 06:21Mutinondo Wilderness2
2021-05-08 09:43Ndaragwa--general2
2021-05-08 00:17Malewa River Lodge2
2021-04-26 12:13Hells Gate NP3
2021-05-08 07:25Lake Naivasha--Camp Carnelley's and Fisherman's Camp1
2021-05-08 06:42KWS Hippo Camp, Lake Naivasha1
2021-05-08Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater
2021-05-08 14:00Strandfontein WTP1
2021-04-29 06:42Ngorongoro Conservation Area--SE Crater Rim Highlands10
2021-05-08 08:30Brackenhurst1
2021-05-02 06:45KEFRI Lands, Kikuyu3
2021-04-24 07:58Nyeri (general)
2021-05-08 09:10U of N Kabete Campus & Field Station (incl. Loresho Swamp)4
2021-05-08 09:16Swartrivier Road3
2021-04-20 06:37Mt. Kenya NP--Castle Forest and Lodge1
2021-05-08 07:47Monduli Forest Reserve1
2021-04-17 09:00Magongo Hills1
2021-05-08 08:02Arusha NP2
2021-04-24 13:38Madikwe Game Reserve1
2021-05-08 13:23Oloitokitok Riverine Forest Remnant2
2021-05-04 12:16De Hoop Nature Reserve--Lakeside Walking Trail1
2021-05-08 06:52Greystone Nature Preserve1
2021-05-08 15:29Cleveland Dam/Haka Game Park2
2021-04-29 05:28Pilanesberg NP (please be more specific)2
2021-04-25 16:59Pilanesberg NP--Pilanesberg Center2
2021-04-19 11:00Kilombero Nature Reserve--Ndundulu Forest5
2021-04-17 12:00Boons Road -- northern section (thornveld)5
2021-05-08 06:30Taita Hills (general)
2021-05-16 06:13Boons Road2
2021-04-17 08:30Pantiki Road1
2021-05-08 07:50Kgomo-Kgomo3
2021-04-25 07:10Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific; Do not log Kgomo-Kgomo birds here.)1
2021-04-20 06:56West Usambara Mountains--Old Sawmill Track2
2021-05-08West Usambara Mountains--Lushoto (town)
2021-05-09 11:04Diepsloot Nature Reserve15
2021-05-10 16:30Eagle Canyon Golf Estate2
2021-05-15 11:03Delta Park1
2021-05-06 16:18Johannesburg Botanical Gardens1
2021-05-08 06:30Naturena4
2021-04-22 10:56Rietvlei Nature Reserve--Island View1
2021-05-08 06:36Rietvlei Nature Reserve3
2021-04-27 07:21Rietvlei Nature Reserve--Otter Bridge8
2021-05-08 10:30Eikenhof3
2021-04-24 11:00Mkhombo Nature Reserve2
2021-05-08 16:30Thokoza Wetland3
2021-05-08 09:32Sebayeng Wetland1
2021-05-08 06:19Nyanga NP6
2021-04-23 08:15Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve--Ridge Top Drive3
2021-05-11 08:06Aberfoyle Lodge2
2021-05-08 12:27Pungwe River bridge3
2021-05-13 07:08Woodbush Forest1
2021-05-08 06:58Marievale Bird Sanctuary--Shelduck Hide2
2021-05-08 18:21Katiyo Tea Estate4
2021-05-09 10:45Marievale Bird Sanctuary20
2021-05-15 07:36Ezemvelo Nature Reserve1
2021-05-01 06:21Devon Grasslands IBA (Gauteng Province)1
2021-04-23 07:41Bankplaas Road6
2021-05-01 06:52Devon Grasslands IBA (Mpumalanga Province)5
2021-04-23 07:30Leeupan (Mpumalanga Province)2
2021-05-08 09:14Nooitgedacht Dam3
2021-05-08 15:13Ngala Private Game Reserve
2021-05-08 08:15Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve2
2021-05-08 07:23Memel1
2021-04-26 07:06Nelspruit--Friedenheim Area1
2021-05-11 08:34Singita Ebony Lodge
2021-05-08 07:00Wakkerstroom Lark Loop--Final 14 Km
2021-05-06 13:45Wakkerstroom bridge/causeway4
2021-04-25 10:32Kruger NP--Skukuza Camp1
2021-05-08 07:14Newcastle Amur Falcon Roost2
2021-05-08 07:01Klipfontein Bird Sanctuary2
2021-05-04 14:32Ithala GR4
2021-05-08 12:00Karkloof--Conservancy2
2021-05-08 13:49Midmar Dam--South Shore (Thurlow Gate)16
2021-05-08 07:26Karkloof--Benvie Farm6
2021-05-08 15:47Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy8
2021-05-09 07:00Macaneta-- Wetland, dune forests and coast3
2021-05-08 12:08Pietermaritzburg--Darvill Resources Park5
2021-05-13 09:48Tala Private GR1
2021-05-09 09:20Maputo Elephant Game Reserve
2021-05-10 08:45Mkhuze GR--kwaMalibala Hide1
2021-05-08 10:15Sappi Stanger1
2021-05-03 19:26Ridgeside Reservoir2
2021-05-08 06:04Pennington--Umdoni Park2
2021-04-29 06:00Phinda GR
2021-05-08Lagoa Nhassive
2021-04-21 07:19Andasibe Mantadia National Park (Analamazoatra Reserve)1