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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

African Stonechat

Afrikaans name: Gewone Bontrokkie

Male African Stonechat

Male African Stonechat

Photo © Steven Herbert

Saxicola torquatus

The African Stonechat is a widespread species that can be found over most of sub-Saharan Africa. It can be found over most of South Africa except for the north-western regions of the country.

Males are more brightly coloured than females.

African Stonechats are normally seen sitting on a low perch keeping an eye out for food. They will then drop to the ground to catch food.

They mainly eat insects but will also take small reptiles and seeds.

Male African Stonechat

Female African Stonechat

Photo © Steven Herbert

They make their nest on the ground and can lay up to 5 eggs.


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 69

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 79

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 170

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 58

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 158

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 185

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 412

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 522

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 517

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 328

List of South African Birds

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