The Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra, is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. It, and similar small European species, are often called chats.
The Whinchat is similar in size to the European Robin. Both sexes have a yellowish rump and white tail, with a black terminal band. The summer male has brownish upperparts, buff throat and blackish head sides. It has a strong white supercilium. There are white wing patches.
The female has pale brown head sides, a buff supercilium and no white wing patches.
The male has a whistling, crackly song. Its call is a typical chat “chack” noise or a soft whistle.
Bracken is a preferred habitat for this species.