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White-crowned Wheatear - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: White-tailed Wheatear or White-crowned Black Wheatear

Photo by Reini
Abu Simbel, Egypt
Oenanthe leucopyga


17-18 cm

  • Black
  • White crown
  • White rump; tail is mostly white

Sexes alike
Juveniles lack the white crown


Africa, Middle East and Asia:
Northern Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Western Sahara, Libya, Egypt
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Chad
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia
Middle East: Turkey, Israel, Jordan
Arabian Peninsula: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran
Asia: Afghanistan



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • O. l. aegra:
  • O. l. leucopyga:
  • O. l. ernesti:


Stony deserts.



The clutch of 3-5 eggs are laid in rock or wall crevices.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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