Wheatear, Red-tailed


Name: Wheatear, Red-tailed

Scientific name: Oenanthe chrysopygia

Type: Wheatear

Color: Black,Grey,White

Habitat: Desert,Fields

Size: 15cm

Conservation status:

Winter Visitor


Slender, medium-sized wheatear. Male of race xanthoprymna (E Turkey, NW Iran) has black throat, sides of head and neck merging with blackish brown leading wing-coverts, rufous rump but white sides to tail; black band at tip of tail narrow (larger male Red-rumped almost black-tailed); little white in wings. Female usually lacks black throat but rump and tail as male. Race chrysopygia (Iran except NW; sexes alike) lacks black throat in both sexes; upperparts drab greyish with orangey-rufous rump and sides of tail (rump sometimes paler); underwing pale. Intermediates occur: black-throated birds with orange tail-sides; also chrysopygia-like birds with white tail-sides. Absence of ginger tinge to head, lack of buffish wing-panel, less black in tail and size separate birds with orange tail-sides from female Red-rumped. Usually solitary; has bounding hops and slight downward tail-flicks; often flies with tail closed.

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