The genus Saxicola contains about 13 species, depending on taxonomy. They are a distinctive and popular group of birds, and include two very familiar and attractive British species - the Stonechat and Whinchat. This volume offers a comprehensive treatment of these birds. It is primarily an identification guide, using colour plates and photographs to illustrate the various races and plumages, but the text also covers the biology, habitat and range of each species. DNA data is presented, and there are distribution maps for each species.
Ewan Urquhart is an experienced ornithologist, whose particular interest in the genus Saxicola was sparked when carrying out a four-year survey of the breeding biology of the Common Stonechat in the 80s. Based in Oxfordshire.