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Cyprus Wheatear - BirdForum Opus

Photo by: lior kislev
Golan,, Israel, March, 2011
Oenanthe cypriaca



  • Tail with relatively wide terminal black band

Similar species

Pied Wheatear has a narrower terminal black band (less so in younger individuals?) that frequently is broken by parts of some feathers being white.


This wheatear is an endemic breeder in Cyprus where it is very common from about the beginning of April to mid-October.

Winters in southern Sudan and Ethiopia.

There are also migrant Pied Wheatears on Cyprus - beware of confusion if on the coast during migration periods.

Photo by Mick Sway
Kala Chorio, Cyprus, October 2007


This is a monotypic species[1].


It seems to occur in all sorts of habitats from sea-level to high in the Troodos Mountains. It has a thin piercing song that soon becomes familiar as you walk through the Troodos Forest. Unlike other wheatears, it is if anything commoner in woods than in open country.


In the Troodos it behaves very like a flycatcher or redstart.


The diet include insects.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. cypruswildlife.gov
  3. Birdforum thread discussing id of Cyprus and Pied Wheatears

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