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Eastern Stonechat Saxicola maurus   - Male with prey
Eastern Stonechat
Photographer : © Savithri Singh
Location :Shyamkhet, Bhowali, Uttarakhand, India
Date : 4 October 2014
English synonyms:Stonechat, Common Stonechat, Siberian Stonechat, Collared Stonechat, Collared Bushchat, Collared Bush Chat, Collared Indian Bush Chat, Black-headed Chat, Stejneger's Stonechat (stejnegeri)
Bird Family :Saxicolini - Robins, nightingales, chats, shamas, redstarts, grandala, forktails, cochoas & wheatears
Bird Group :PASSERIFORMES
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :
Taxonomic Notes :Formerly treated as a subspecies of Common Stonechat Saxicola torquatus. Now considered a full species with subspecies maurus, hemprichii, stejnegeri, variegatus, armenicus, indicus, przewalskii
Some authors treat S. (m.) stejnegeri as a full species.
Refs:
Wittmann, U., Heidrich, P., Wink, M. & Gwinner, E., (1995) Speciation in the Stonechat Saxicola torquata inferred from nucleotide sequences of the cytochrome-b gene. Journal of Zoological Systematics & Evolutionary Research 33, 3 (1995): 116-122.
Urquhart, E. (2002) Stonechats: A Guide to the Genus "Saxicola". London: Christopher Helm.
Svensson, L., Shirihai, H., Frahnert, S. & Dickinson, E. C. (2012) Taxonomy and nomenclature of the Stonechat complex Saxicola torquatus sensu lato in the Caspian region. Bull. B.O.C.: 260-269
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