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Photo by Gashead.
Photo taken: Jebel Hafeet, United Arab Emirates

Alternative name: Persian Wheatear

Oenanthe chrysopygia


Nondescript grey-brown with rufous tail sides and pale underwing coverts.


Breeds from Transcaucasia to Afghanistan, winters to Pakistan to northwest India.


This is a monotypic species.
It has in the past been considered conspecific with Kurdistan Wheatear.


It inhabits semi-arid to arid localities including boulder-strewn hillsides and slopes, rocky outcrops, and sandy plains with sparse vegetation cover.


Red-tailed Wheatear doesn’t differ much in habits from other wheatears. It is usually seen singly, perching upright on mounds, rock fragments, or on low, thorny bushes. Like other chats and wheatears, it is seen moving swiftly on ground, or among the boulders, mostly for insects. It does perch on low bushes and trees, sometimes catches insects on the wing and returns to the same perch.


  1. Birdforum thread discussing this species and the possible split.
  2. Clements, James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019

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