The Whinchat prefers highly structured, extensively used, and mostly moist grassland areas. It requires sparse vegetation rich in blossoms for foraging and cover near the ground for nesting, as well as higher single trees, perennials or fence posts for observation and song perches.
The Hessian population of this bird has almost gone extinct. The Rhön region is one of the four Hessian low mountain ranges with a remaining population. The grasslands are rich in sources and provide an above-average potential to promote and receive the planned measures of the LIFE project.
Description: Reddish breast, rump yellow brown with dark spots, wings of dark brown colour
Size: 12-14 cm
Weight: 15-20 g
Wingspan: 22 cm
Brood: 1 brood per year
Breeding habitat: open, extensively used meadows
Number of eggs: 4-7 eggs
Brooding period: 13-15 days
Food: Small insects
Lifespan: 6-8 years
Migratory bird: Yes
Threats: Predators, Intensification of use, Draining
Measures: C.3 Optimizing of habitats for bird species of the Birds Directive in rough grazing areas of the SPA “Hessische Rhön”
Whinchat - picture: Kreis- und Stadtbildstelle Fulda