British wildlife recordings

Saxicola rubetra : Whinchat - Turdidae

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    W1CDR0001375 BD13

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  • Recording locations

    OS Grid Reference(641500,323500)

  • Recordist

    Shove, Lawrence

  • Species

    Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra

  • Description

    A recording of the song of the whinchat (location unspecified). The whinchat is a summer visitor to Britain that begins arriving from its African wintering grounds during April. Upland areas rich in cover provide the most suitable habitat for this species, and they can usually be seen around moorland edges, rough grassland sites, and railway embankments, basically anywhere that offers plenty of scrubby coverage. Quite a distinctive bird, whinchats possess dark brown upperparts, an orange breast and a white line above the eye. The song comprises a short warble while the call is an angry sounding ‘tic tic’.

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