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SPECIES INFO

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The Reunion Stonechat, Saxicola tectes, is a chat species endemic to Réunion island. This small passerine bird is common in clearings and open mountain bushlands. Its white eyebrows are the most prominent external difference with Saxicola torquata, the African Stonechat, whose eyebrow color is black.

It has for some time been included in the "Common Stonechat" (Saxicola torquata), but it is well distinct; it is an insular derivative of the African Stonechat. Its ancestors diverged from the sub-Saharan African lineage as it spread across the continent some 2-2.5 mya during the Late Pliocene.(Wink et al. 2002)





                                     



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