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Includes Western Mourning Wheatear = Maghreb Wheatear
Male: Black throat and sides of head connects with black in wings and on mantle. Underside and uppersides mostly pale, buffy; undertail coverts darker buff than belly. Tail with dark central feathers and dark terminal band on rest of tail is equal width.
 Similar species
Three subspecies recognized:
Halophila is sometimes split as Western Mourning Wheatear = Maghreb Wheatear. A recent study proposes splitting of O. l. persica.
Basalt Wheatear is usually seen as a morph of subspecies lugens, but may deserve status as at least a subspecies
Flat to very steep terrain mostly with boulders and with limited vegetation.
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