Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Jerdon's Bushchat (Saxicola jerdoni)


French: Tarier de Jerdon German: Jerdonschmätzer Spanish: Tarabilla de Jerdon

Oreicola jerdoni


, 1867,

Purnia, Bihar, India




Locally NE India, N Bangladesh, N & EC Myanmar, N Thailand (mainly along R Mekong) and N Indochina (N & C Laos, N Vietnam). Also recorded N Uttar Pradesh.

Descriptive notes

15 cm. Male is glossy blue-black from head, including ear-coverts, to tail; white below, in fresh plumage tinged buffy; bill and legs black. Female is rufous-brown above,... read more


Song a series of sweet, clear, thin mellow warbled phrases, recalling a Sylvia warbler but... read more


Tall grassland in lowlands, plains and hills, cleared land with rocks and tall herbs, rice fields,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages in typical stonechat fashion, perching on grass stem or other prominent low perch and flying to ground to take prey.


Feb–May in India; May in Myanmar; singing males in Mar and breeding-condition female May in Laos. Nest a stout compact cup of... read more


Generally sedentary. Some local movement in SE Asia; population at Nam Sang-Mekong river confluence... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Very sparse in most of range, of which Laos appears to be centre. Formerly common in appropriate habitat in NE India, but very few recent records,... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Jerdon's Bushchat (Saxicola jerdoni). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 28 February 2020).