European Stonechat (Female)
Scientific Name 
Saxicola rubicola
Arabic Name 
البرقش الأوربي
Kuwaiti name 
بريقش زياني
12.0 cm
Least Concern


Uncommon passage migrant and winter visitor. Often seen in open terrain with scattered bushes, in winter on farmland and wetlands. Although typical of European landscapes, this bird exists in Kuwait alongside other stonechat species and subspecies. Conspicuous, likes to perch on the top of bushes.
Where in Kuwait 
This species can be found in coastal zones, farmlands, inland pools and rough grassland with scattered small shrubs and during migration is the more common of the sub-species that are recorded in Kuwait
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population. There are 2 weakly defined sub-species; Saxicola rubicola rubicola - found in the south and east of its range, from Denmark southwest to Spain and northern Morocco, east to Poland and Ukraine, and southeast to Turkey. They are short-distance migrants or non-migratory, with part of the population (particularly from northeastern parts of the range, where winters are colder) moving south to winter further south in Europe and more widely in north Africa.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation and pesticides