Saxicola rubetra

Interesting facts: For feeding, the whinchat requires well structured meadows. Its feed consists mainly from insects and their larvae and also from snails and worms. Individual trees and poles are used as perches. This species suffers a lot from the intensified use of our cultivated landscape. Therefore, it increasingly needs to resort to heath and moor land.

Characteristics: Looks compact; with short tail; head with dark crown, conspicuous supercilium and dark mask; breast orange-brown, abdomen mainly white

Body length: Less than 20 cm (sparrow length)

Distribution: Meadows, pastures, arable land, heath, moor land and wet lands