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Canary Islands Stonechat
Saxicola dacotiae

Map of the common names

Small bird (L 12 cm), has round-head, blackish mantle, white throat and supercilium and rusty-orange on breast. The species mainly occupies rocky or stony hillsides. It is also found on the edge of "malpais" (lava flow) with dense vegetation, watercourses with groves of Tamarix., and cultivated areas. It feeds mainly on insects. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The Fuerteventura Chat is an endemic passerine restricted to the island of Fuerteventura in the Canarian archipelago. The long-termed and continuing desertification of Fuerteventura together with overgrazing are the most likely factors to damage the future prospects of the species. In low rainfall years, declines in prey numbers and drying of watercourses may also influences negatively the species.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
about 800 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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