Oenanthe oenanthe - Northern wheatear:

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Summary Information
Living OrganismsAnimalia / Craniata / Aves / Passeriformes / Muscicapidae / Oenanthe / Species

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The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
  • Oenanthe oenanthe oenanthe - Northern wheatear (B89)
  • Oenanthe oenanthe seebohmi - Black-throated wheatear (B89)
Distribution Palearctic, northern North America; winters to southern Africa (B89)
Habitat Breeding - "A wide variety of open habitats from tundra, mountain slopes, to steppes" (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - mainly insects; sometimes fruit
  • feeding behaviour - Ground gleans, sometimes swoops


  • location and structure - Ground nesting; crevice or burrow
  • nest building - female
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - Unpatterned; sometimes marked with red spots
  • number of eggs - 4-7 (2-9)
  • broods - 1-2 broods
  • incubation - by male and female, more female than male; 10-16 days


  • development - Altricial
  • parental caring for young - by male and female, more female than male
  • fledging - 10-21 days

(B163, B164)

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