Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

White-tailed Stonechat (Saxicola leucurus)


French: Tarier à queue blanche German: Weißschwanzschmätzer Spanish: Tarabilla coliblanca

Pratincola leucura


, 1847,

upper Sind, Pakistan


Has been treated as conspecific with S. torquatus, and particularly similar to race indicus of latter; further study required. Monotypic.


Pakistan (Indus Valley and main tributaries), N India and S Nepal E to Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Descriptive notes

12–14 cm. Both sexes very like equivalent sexes of S. torquatus (race indicus), but smaller. Male has white inner webs on all rectrices apart from... read more


Apparently not differentiated from that of S. torquatus. Song, sometimes in short flight... read more


Tall grass and reeds near large rivers, and apparently confined to areas liable to seasonal... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, taken in typical manner in flights to ground from stems of tall grass; also makes aerial sallies, e.g. for swarming culicids and... read more


Mar–May, before summer floods; Feb–Mar in Myanmar; possibly single-brooded, owing to monsoon flooding. Nest a small neat cup of... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common throughout range. Four nests within area of 1 km², but presumably capable of higher density in appropriate habitat. In Pakistan... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). White-tailed Stonechat (Saxicola leucurus). 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 29 January 2020).