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- Oenanthe lugens
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.
Female: like male in most subspecies, but typically much less strongly marked in subspecies halophila.
Three subspecies recognized:
- O. l. lugens from Egypt to Israel, Syria, Jordan and Iraq
- O. l. persica from S Iran
- O. l. halophila from Morocco to Libya and NW Egypt
O. l. halophila is sometimes split as Western Mourning Wheatear = Maghreb Wheatear. A recent study proposes splitting of O. l. persica.
Abyssinian Wheatear was considered conspecific with this species.
Basalt Wheatear is usually seen as a morph of subspecies O. l. lugens, but may deserve status as at least a subspecies
Flat to very steep terrain mostly with boulders and with limited vegetation.
- Birdforum thread discussing Mourning Wheatear
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