• WordNet 3.6
    • n whinchat brown-and-buff European songbird of grassy meadows
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Whinchat (Zoöl) A small warbler (Pratincola rubetra) common in Europe; -- called also whinchacker whincheck whin-clocharet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whinchat An oscine passerine bird of the genus Pratincola, P. rubetra, closely related to the stonechat, and less nearly to the wheatear. Compare cuts under stonechat and wheatear. This is one of the bushchats, specified as the whin-bushchat. It is also called grasschat and furzechat, and shares the name stonechat with its congener P. rubicola. It is a common British bird, whose range includes nearly the whole of Europe, much of Africa, and a little of western Asia. The whinchat is 5¼ inches long and 9¼ in extent; the upper parts are variegated with blackish-brown shaft-spots and yellowish-brown edgings of the feathers, lightest on the rump; the under parts are uniform rich rnfous; a long superciliary stripe, a streak below the eye and blackish auriculars, a patch on the wing, and the concealed bases of the tail-feathers are white or whitish; the eyes are brown, and the bill and feet black. The whinchat haunts lowland pastures as well as upland wastes, nests on the ground, and lays four to six greenish-blue eggs, with faint reddish-brown spots usually zoned about the larger end; it is an expert flycatcher, and also feeds largely on the destructive wire-worm. During May and June the male has a melodious song. The whinchat has an Oriental representative, P. macrorhyncha of India, and several other species are described.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called because it frequents whins,


In literature:

Professor Ansted includes the Whinchat in his list, and marks it as occurring in Guernsey and Sark.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
The Blackcap is notoriously pugnacious, but not more so than the Marsh-Warbler or the Whinchat.
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
So I believe would the whinchat, but I have no practical knowledge of either as pets.
"Aileen Aroon, A Memoir" by Gordon Stables
There were stonechats and whinchats then as now.
"The Vanity Girl" by Compton Mackenzie
"The Natural History of Cage Birds" by J. M. Bechstein
We always have a fair number of whinchats in the meadows, and hardly a year passes without seeing them on the grass in the garden itself.
"In a Cheshire Garden" by Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton