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Buff-breasted Wheatear - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies bottae
Photo © by mikemik
Yemen, November 2010

Alternative name: Botta's Wheatear

Oenanthe bottae


15–16 cm (6-6¼ in)

  • Greyish-brown forecrown
  • Brownish-grey mantle and back
  • White supercilium
  • Dark eye mask
  • Pale orangey-buff breast and flanks
  • Whitish underparts
  • White rump

Sexes similar
Juvenile: paler with buff spots on upperparts, dark scaly feathers on underparts


Arabian Peninsula, highlands between Mecca to Yemen.


This species was formerly joined with Rusty-breasted Wheatear under the name of Red-breasted Wheatear.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Sparsely vegetated hillsides and cultivated terraces mostly around 2300–3000 m.


They often bob their tails.


Their main diet consists of insects and their larvae. Little other detail is known.


There is not a lot known. They place their nests in field walls, banks, under boulders or rodent burrows. They appear to breed throughout the year.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Collar, N., J. del Hoyo, G. M. Kirwan, and D. A. Christie (2020). Red-breasted Wheatear (Oenanthe bottae), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, B. K. Keeney, P. G. Rodewald, and T. S. Schulenberg, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.rebwhe1.01

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