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Alternative name: Eastern Pied Wheatear

Photo © by Seyed Babak Mus
Minab town, Iran, February 2005
Oenanthe picata



Similar Species

A thread discussing identification of this species from Hume's Wheatear is found here.


Photo © by Alok Tewari
Outside Sultanpur National Park, Dist. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, 5 December 2019

Middle East and Asia:
Middle East: Israel, Arabian Peninsula, Oman, United Arab Emirates, southern Iran
Asia: Turkestan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, northern India


This species is often considered monotypic [1], but some sources have up to three subspecies listed, including capistrata and opistholeuca.


Deserts, cultivated areas, woodland, grassland and shrubland.



  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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