Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Reunion Stonechat (Saxicola tectes)


French: Tarier de la Réunion German: Réunionschmätzer Spanish: Tarabilla de Reunión

Muscicapa tectes

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

in insula Bourbon = Reunion Island


Often treated as a race of S. torquatus. Monotypic.


Reunion I.

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm; 11–14 g. Highly variable, most closely resembling S. dacotiae in all plumages. Male may have all-black head (no white supercilium), and shows... read more


A “loud and distinctive” song, either from perch or during vertical flight a few metres... read more


Range of habitats with open under­storey, from scrub to woodland. Commonest in tamarind and... read more

Food and feeding

Almost exclusively small invertebrates, including caterpillars and other larvae. Stomachs of two nestlings contained butterflies and... read more


Mid-Oct to late Jan. Nest made of mosses, leaves, stems and animal hair, placed either on ground, in tuft of vegetation or on vegetated... read more


Occasionally moves to lower altitudes (0–130 m) outside breeding season; also recorded up to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Réunion EBA. Common, and tolerant of degraded or overgrazed country; commonest bird in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Reunion Stonechat (Saxicola tectes). 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 25 February 2020).