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Bird  Wheatear

Wheatear - Photo  Copyright 2004 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Need help identifying birds? Probably the best field guide is the "Collins Bird Guide" which is available through Amazon.co.uk -  click here

Latin name: Oenanthe oenanthe

Size: Approximately 15cms

Distribution: Found throughout the U.K.

Months seen: March to Otober. Winters in Africa

Food: Insects

Habitat: Open countryside, especially farmland, moors and coastal areas.

Special features: When the wheatear flies you immediately notice its white rump which gives this bird its name. Wheatear is a corruption of the words 'white' and 'rear'.

Other prominent features are the dark eye stripe, dark wing patches, long legs and short tail. The tail feathers have black ends.

The males have a more grey coloured back while the females are more brown. Wheatears in the north of the U.K. tend to be more buff coloured on the underparts, while wheatears in the south tend to be more grey-white.


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