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Common Stonechat

Saxicola torquata maura (Pallas, 1773)

Черноголовый чекан | Қарабас шақшақ

Berel river, Katon
© Valentin Zenkov


At males the tail feathers are black with a bit dispersal of white color on the base (sometimes white color is almost absent and in this case tail feathers are wholly black with some lightening on base only). Upper tail coverts are white (with the buffy tips in fresh plumage). The least dispersal of the white color on tail feathers (sometimes complete disappearance) is peculiar to the birds of Central Asia.


Breeds in northern and eastern Kazakhstan, from the middle current of Ural river up to Altai. In the south to Ayryuk Mt. in Mugodzhary ridge, Irgiz valley, lower current of Turgay and Chu rivers (however recently not found here), Dzhungarskiy Alatau, Talasskiy Alatau and Ugamskiy ridge. On migration occurs throughout exclude Volga-Ural area, Mangyshlak and Ustyurt.


В.К.Рябицев. "Птицы Урала, Приуралья и Западной Сибири". Екатеринбург, Изд-во Уральского университета, 2000. Э.И.Гаврилов. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan". Almaty, 2005. А.Ф.Ковшарь "Певчие птицы". Алма-Ата, "Кайнар", 1983.


relative taxons

Saxicola torquata
(Linnaeus, 1766)
Saxicola torquata variegata
(S.G.Gmelin, 1774)


Saxicola torquata tschekantschik
(Gmеlin, 1789)
Saxicola torquata indica
(Вlyth, 1847)

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Юрий Малков: Вылетела из под ног,и я не успел понять кто это.К этому гнезду я ещё конечно вернусь,но не терпится узнать кто это.Птица была больше похожа [....]


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Анна Ясько: Вероятно, южная бормотушка.

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