Thread: Wheatear, UAE
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Old Friday 10th November 2017, 11:23   #9
Grahame Walbridge
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Originally Posted by Bryon Wright View Post
Hi all,
still do not think these are vittata, pied wheatear. Suggest Andy would need to eliminate the eastern type of black-eared wheatear with the males being black and white and some with a black throat. Some have illustrated twenty variants of western, black-eared, and still counting, presumably Eastern goes through similar plumage stages. Working on the assumption that Andy sees pied, pied vittata and perhaps even Cyprus Pied regularly in the autumn.
Clearly not a vittata Pied and EBW lacks the dark centres to the mantle creating the 'blotched' upper parts.

It looks like a perfectly normal Pied, give or take some photographic effect.

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