Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small Old World thrush (Saxicola torquata) of open, grassy regions, the male of which has a black head, dark wings and tail, and chestnut underparts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various small Old World passerine birds of the genus Saxicola that feed on insects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small, active, and very common European singing bird (Pratincola rubicola); -- called also chickstone, stonechacker, stonechatter, stoneclink, stonesmith.
  • n. The wheatear.
  • n. The blue titmouse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several different Old World chats, belonging to the genera Saxicola and (especially) Pratincola; a kind of bushchat: applied to three different English birds, and extended, as a book-name, to several others of the above genera.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. common European chat with black plumage and a reddish-brown breast

Etymologies

From the resemblance of its call to the sound of falling pebbles.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
stone +‎ chat (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I just learned that the stonechat is a bird, but this yarn speaks to me of bricks.

    Extra-muros

  • The first shows a male who returns to give the cameraman a quick encore; the second shows a stonechat not eating a centipede.

    Ducks, dragons, and dictionaries

  • Actually we heard two cuckoos, a stonechat and curlews, saw a heron, skylarks and countless warblers and the sun shone for most of the run without getting too hot.

    Black socks, they never get dirty

  • The bird species confined to Réunion are the Réunion cuckoo-shrike (Coracina newtoni, EN), Réunion stonechat (Saxicola tectes), Réunion olive white-eye (Zosterops olivaceus), and Réunion bulbul (Hypsipetes borbonicus).

    Mascarene forests

  • He makes a fist and hammers it against his skull to bring forth robin redbreast, stonechat, crow, while the rest of us raise our hands with what we think are the right answers and hold our breaths trying hard not to laugh.

    The Best American Poetry 2008

  • At the time when folk go hunting with the sparrow-hawk and with the hound, which seeks the lark and the stonechat and tracks the quail and the partridge, it happened that a knight of Thrace, a young and sprightly noble, esteemed for his prowess, had one day gone a-hawking quite close beside this tower; Bertrand was the knight's name.

    Cligés. English

  • Bulbul, _hazari dastar_, the famous songster, is not a real _bulbul_, but either Alaudina or a stonechat.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and the Neighbouring Countries

  • Edolius occurs here, another stonechat has come in.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and the Neighbouring Countries

  • But the rock stood still, and a stonechat went and perched on it.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 06 — Fiction

  • A stonechat he was sure it must be, and he wandered on till he came to a great silver fir, and thought that he spied a pigeon's nest among the multitudinous branches.

    The Lake

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