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Yemen, November 2010
Alternative name: Botta's Wheatear
- Oenanthe bottae
15β16 cm (6-6ΒΌ in)
- Greyish-brown forecrown
- Brownish-grey mantle and back
- White supercilium
- Dark eye mask
- Pale orangey-buff breast and flanks
- Whitish underparts
- White rump
Juvenile: paler with buff spots on upperparts, dark scaly feathers on underparts
Africa and the Middle East
Eastern Africa: Ethiopia and Eritrea
Middle East: Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen
- O b. bottae: (Buff-breasted)
- Highlands of south-western Arabia (Mecca to Yemen)
- O b. frenata: (Rusty-breasted)
- Highlands of Eritrea and Ethiopia
Sparsely vegetated hillsides and cultivated terraces mostly around 2300β3000 m.
They often bob their tails.
Their main diet consists of insects and their larvae. Little other detail is known.
There is not a lot known. They place their nests in field walls, banks, under boulders or rodent burrows. They appear to breed throughout the year.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Collar, N., J. del Hoyo, G. M. Kirwan, and D. A. Christie (2020). Red-breasted Wheatear (Oenanthe bottae), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, B. K. Keeney, P. G. Rodewald, and T. S. Schulenberg, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.rebwhe1.01
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