any of certain small, insect-eating Old World thrushes (esp. Saxicola torquata) with a black head and back and a white rump
Origin of stonechatfrom its cry, like the sound of pebbles knocked together
Any of various small insectivorous birds of the genus Saxicola of Eurasia and Africa, especially S. rubicola, which has a black head and chestnut underparts.
Origin of stonechatFrom the resemblance of the call of S. rubicola to the sound of two small stones being struck together.