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Inlcudes Western and Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
In autumn and winter the head and mantle are distinctly buff, as are the underparts, including the throat, but the buff varies in intensity.
Males of the eastern race (as seen in Cyprus, for example) are much paler above than the western form. They can look almost black and white in strong sunlight, with just a pale sandy brown colouration.
Also, males of both the eastern and western forms come in two colour morphs - pale throated and black throated. The black throated form is said to be commoner in the eastern subspecies and the white-throated in the western subspecies.
Female - browner bird, and her seasonal changes are less marked. Can show a dark chin and face in autumn.
 Similar Species
The "western" subspecies hispanica is found from southern Europe and northern Africa to Senegal and Mali.
Two subspecies are recognized:
Some authorities propose to give full species status to both, named Western Black-eared Wheatear and Eastern Black-eared Wheatear.
Stony mountainous slopes, usually below 600 m; open countryside, maybe with a few trees.
The diet includes insects.
Nests in holes among rocks and walls, or under tussocks of grass.
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