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European Robin
European Robin
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Subfamily: Saxicolinae
See text.

Chats (formerly sometimes known as Chat-thrushes) are a group of small Old World insectivorous birds formerly classed as members of the thrush family Turdidae, but now considered Old World flycatchers.

This name is normally applied to the robust ground feeding species found in Europe and Asia in the subfamily Saxicolinae.

They come from a large number of genera.

Most northern species are strong migrants.

Species are:

  • Family: Muscicapidae
    • Subfamily: Saxicolinae
      • Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica
        Siberian Rubythroat, Luscinia calliope
        Rufous-tailed Robin, Luscinia sibilans
        Thrush Nightingale, Luscinia luscinia
        Nightingale, Luscinia megarhynchos
        Indian Blue Robin, Luscinia brunneus
        White-tailed Rubythroat, Luscinia pectoralis
        Rufous-headed Robin, Luscinia ruficeps
        Black-throated Blue Robin, Luscinia obscura
        Firethroat, Luscinia pectardens
        Siberian Blue Robin, Luscinia cyane
        Red-flanked Bluetail, Tarsiger cyanurus
        Golden Bush-Robin, Tarsiger chrysaeus
        White-browed Bush-Robin, Tarsiger indicus
        Rufous-breasted Bush-Robin, Tarsiger hyperythrus
        Collared Bush-Robin, Tarsiger johnstoniae
        European Robin, Erithacus rubecula
        Japanese Robin, Erithacus akahige
        Ryukyu Robin, Erithacus komadori
        White-throated Robin, Irania gutturalis
        Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra
        Stoliczka's Bushchat or White-browed Bushchat, Saxicola macrorhyncha
        Hodgson's Bushchat or White-throated Bushchat, Saxicola insignis
        Fuerteventura Chat or Canary Island Stonechat, Saxicola dacotiae
        European Stonechat, Saxicola rubicola (previously S. torquata rubicola)
        Siberian Stonechat or Asian Stonechat, Saxicola maura (previously S. torquata maura)
        African Stonechat, Saxicola torquata
        Réunion Stonechat, Saxicola tectes
        White-tailed Stonechat, Saxicola leucura
        Pied Bushchat, Saxicola caprata
        Jerdon's Bushchat, Saxicola jerdoni
        Grey Bushchat, Saxicola ferrea
        White-bellied Bushchat or Timor Bushchat, Saxicola gutturalis
        Buff-streaked Bushchat, Saxicola bifasciata
        White-starred Robin, Pogonocichla stellata
        Swynnerton's Robin, Swynnertonia swynnertoni
        Forest Robin, Stiphrornis erythrothorax
        Angola Cave-Chat, Xenocopsychus ansorgei
        Indian Robin, Saxicoloides fulicata
        White-tailed Robin, Cinclidium leucurum
        Sunda Robin, Cinclidium diana
        Blue-fronted Robin, Cinclidium frontale
        Grandala, Grandala coelicolor
        Herero Chat, Namibornis herero
        Sicklewing Chat, Cercomela sinuata
        Karoo Chat, Cercomela schlegelii
        Tractrac Chat, Cercomela tractrac
        Familiar Chat, Cercomela familiaris
        Brown-tailed Chat, Cercomela scotocerca
        Indian Chat, Cercomela fusca
        Sombre Chat, Cercomela dubia
        Blackstart, Cercomela melanura
        Moorland Chat, Cercomela sordida
        Congo Moorchat, Myrmecocichla tholloni
        Northern Anteater-Chat, Myrmecocichla aethiops
        Southern Anteater-Chat, Myrmecocichla formicivora
        Sooty Chat, Myrmecocichla nigra
        Rueppell's Chat, Myrmecocichla melaena
        White-fronted Black-Chat, Myrmecocichla albifrons
        White-headed Black-Chat, Myrmecocichla arnotti
        Mocking Cliff-Chat, Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris
        White-winged Cliff-Chat, Thamnolaea semirufa
        Boulder Chat Pinarornis plumosus

Other Saxicolini species are dealt with under the following articles:

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