What's the difference between
a male and a female stonechat?

What's the difference between female and male stonechats?

  • Stonechats are snall birds (slightly smaller than a robin) which are often seen on coastal dunes.

  • Both the male and the female have a call which sounds like a couple of stones being knocked together,  hence their name.

  • The females do not sing.

  • The males have a black or dark brown head and a dark back.

  • The females are paler all over - head, back and chest.

  • Males have a distinctive orange chest. The female's chest is more muted.