- Oenanthe pileata
- Black cap, cheeks, breast band
- White eye stripe and throat
- White underparts
- Buff flanks and lower belly
- Black tail base, centre of tail forms an inverted "T"
- White rump
- Black pointed bill
- Black legs
Juvenile: brown cap and cheeks
There are 3 subspecies:
- O. p. neseri:
- O. p. livingstonii:
- O. p. pileata:
Stony plains, semi-desert, thornveld and short grassland.
Often seen perched on stones and fence posts.
The nest is made from straw, grass, and leaves, in a hole in the ground or a termite mound. The clutch consists of 3-4 eggs.
The diet includes insects, especially ants.
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- Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Capped Wheatear. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 19 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Capped_Wheatear