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stonechat

[stohn-chat] /ˈstoʊnˌtʃæt/
noun
1.
any of several small Old World birds, especially of the genus Saxicola, as S. torquata.
Origin of stonechat
1775-1785
1775-85; stone + chat, so called from its warning cry which sounds like a clash of stones
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stonechat

/ˈstəʊnˌtʃæt/
noun
1.
an Old World songbird, Saxicola torquata, having a black plumage with a reddish-brown breast: subfamily Turdinae (thrushes)
Word Origin
C18: so called from its cry, which sounds like clattering pebbles
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