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Alternative name: Eastern Pied Wheatear

Male Nominate Subspecies
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Jorbeer Conservation Reserve, Bikaner, Rajasthan India, 22 February 2022
Oenanthe picata
Male Subspecies O. p. capistrata
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Jorbeer Conservation Reserve, Bikaner, Rajasthan India, 23 February 2022



Similar Species

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


Female Nominate Subspecies
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.



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  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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