any of several small Old World birds, especially of the genus Saxicola, as S. torquata.

1775–85; stone + chat, so called from its warning cry which sounds like a clash of stones Unabridged
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stonechat (ˈstəʊnˌtʃæt)
an Old World songbird, Saxicola torquata, having a black plumage with a reddish-brown breast: subfamily Turdinae (thrushes)
[C18: so called from its cry, which sounds like clattering pebbles]

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