Stone"chat` (?), n. [Stone + chat.] [So called from the similarity of its alarm note to the clicking together of two pebbles.] Zool. (a)

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

(b)

The wheatear.

(c)

The blue titmouse.

⇒ The name is sometimes applied to various species of Saxicola, Pratincola, and allied genera; as, the pied stonechat of India (Saxicola picata).

 

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