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Heuglin's Wheatear - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by volker sthamer
Kidepo, Uganda, January 2019
Oenanthe heuglini


13–14 cm (5-5½ in)

Similar Species

Rusty-breasted Wheatear, which has a broader supercilium.


Western and Eastern Africa: found from Mauritania to Mali, Cameroon, Sudan, Ethiopia and north-western Kenya


This is a monotypic species[1].
This taxon is considered the same species as Buff-breasted Wheatear and Rusty-breasted Wheatear in the past.


Short grassy areas in stony ground or boulder-strewn slopes.



Their diet consists almost entirely of insects. Outside the breeding season they forage in small groups.


Their cupshaped nest is constructed from grass. They may have two broods each year.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2018)

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