Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus

Siberian Stonechat male
Siberian Stonechat male in transition
Siberian Stonechat
The Siberian Stonechat is native to much of temperate Asia and far northeast Europe. Photos on this page were taken by Alexandra Makhnina in Kazakhstan.
Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat
Shown above is a male in transition to winter plumage. The Siberian Stonechat resembles a cross between the Whinchat (S. rubetra) and the European Stonechat (S. rubicola, both this and the Siberian were until recently classed as subspecies of the African Stonechat, S. torquatus).
Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat
The Siberian Stonechat can have a supercilium, but not as white as a Whinchat. The Whinchat also has a pale or white belly and does not usually reach as far east as Kazakhstan. (However, the two can hybridise.)
Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat
The female doesn't have the dark breeding plumage of the male (first photo, top row). The male reverts to female-type plumage in winter.
Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat