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'''Gallery''' of Northern Wheatear photos. (Click on an image to enlarge it.) '''Gallery''' of Northern Wheatear photos. (Click on an image to enlarge it.)
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-Image:Female-wheatear-nice-pose.jpg|Female.<br />Photo by {{user|Jacksnipe|Jacksnipe}}+Image:Female-wheatear-nice-pose.jpg|Female<br />Photo by {{user|Jacksnipe|Jacksnipe}}
-Image:Juv WheatearSP079421C.jpg|Juvenile.<br />Photo by {{user|Nigel+Kiteley |Nigel Kiteley}}+Image:Juv WheatearSP079421C.jpg|Juvenile<br />Photo by {{user|Nigel+Kiteley |Nigel Kiteley}}
-Image:Wheatearflight.jpg|In flight.<br />Photo by {{user|targetman|targetman}}+Image:IMG 83533.jpg|In flight<br />Photo by {{user|targetman|targetman}}<br />Lincs, May 2012
-Image:d11_0450.jpg|Seebohm’s Wheatear ''(O.o. Seebohmi)''.<br />Photo by {{user|Gary_Clark|Gary Clark}}+Image:d11_0450.jpg|Seebohm’s Wheatear ''(O.o. Seebohmi)''<br />Photo by {{user|Gary_Clark|Gary Clark}}
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==Distribution== ==Distribution==
[[Europe]], [[Asia]], [[Africa]], [[Canada]] and [[Greenland]]. [[Europe]], [[Asia]], [[Africa]], [[Canada]] and [[Greenland]].
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MalePhoto by Paul Hackett
Photo by Paul Hackett
Oenanthe oenanthe



14½–16 cm length
White rump, basal tail patches with black centre and terminal band.
Breeding Male

  • Grey upperparts
  • Buff throat
  • Black wings and face mask
  • White stripe above the eye


  • Sandy-brown above and buff below
  • Eye patch and wings are brown

Autumnal male, female and juvenile are browner in the autumn.

Gallery of Northern Wheatear photos. (Click on an image to enlarge it.)


Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and Greenland.


This thread discusses aspects of Northern Wheatear taxonomy.

Oenanthe oenanthe has four subspecies:[1]

  • O. o. leucorhoa
  • O. o. oenanthe
  • O. o. libanotica
  • O. o. seebohmi


Rocky tundra, barren slopes, hill pastures, sand dunes.



Diet includes insects, some berries.


Nest is on ground on dry tundra, usually in hole in a wall, under stones, or in old rabbit burrow. and is a cup of grass, twigs, weeds, lined with finer material such as moss, lichens, rootlets. The clutch is usually 5-6 pale blue eggs; unmarked, or with fine reddish brown dots, which are incubated by the female for 13-14 days.


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  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3
  4. houghtonmifflinbooks
  5. Collins Field Guide 6th Edition

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