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Desert Wheatear

(Oenanthe deserti)
Size: 14.5-15 cm
Weight: 15-34 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Desert Wheatear at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Race "atrogularis"(?)



Near-lateral view of a male Desert Wheatear
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, January 2010]

Male Desert Wheatear turning its back
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, January 2010]


Lateral view of a female Desert Wheatear in autumn (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]


Frontal view of a first-year male Desert Wheatear (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

Dorsal view of a Desert Wheatear; this bird appears to be moulting into fresh plumage, possibly a first-year male moulting into its first adult plumage
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, January 2010]

Food, Diet

Like all other wheatears, Desert Wheatears are insectivores. Most wheatears hunt for insects from low to mid-level perches.

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