Byzantine Stonechat (female)
Byzantine Stonechat (female)
Scientific Name 
Saxicola maurus variegatus
Arabic Name 
البرقش البيزنطي
Kuwaiti name 
12.5 cm
Least Concern
Kuwait Specialty


Uncommon passage migrant and winter visitor. Only adult males distinguishable from nominate race; note the black tail, pure white belly and dark chestnut breast.
Where in Kuwait 
Paler than the nominate race and often difficult to separate. Found in areas with good cover, inland pools and farmlands as far west as Al Abraq
In the world 
Recently split by OSME - but needs further confirmation
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation and pesticides