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Red-tailed Wheatear

(Oenanthe chrysopygia)
Alternate name(s): "Rusty-tailed Wheatear", "Persian Wheatear", "Afghan Wheatear"
Size: 14.5 cm; wing span 26-27 cm
Weight: 20-27 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Red-tailed Wheatear at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of a (probably male) Red-tailed Wheatear; note the prominent facial mask
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

Dorsal view of a (probably male) Red-tailed Wheatear
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a (probably female) Red-tailed Wheatear
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

The same (probably female) Red-tailed Wheatear as above, slightly different posture
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

Here one can see the characteristic orange-rufous undertail typical of a Red-tailed Wheatear
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

This photo shows the inconspicuous grey front of the same Red-tailed Wheatear as above
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

Behaviour

Red-tailed Wheatears can sit on low perches for long times (we have seen them immobile for up to 20 minutes), scanning their surroundings to then occasionally take an insect and return to the perch. But when the area is considered safe, they also spend considerable amounts of time foraging on the ground.

Food, Diet

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

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