White-crowned wheatear

Oenanthe leucopyga

The white-crowned wheatear, or white-crowned black wheatear is a wheatear, a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae.
White-crowned Wheatear. Came as a guest to Oegstgeest the Netherlands a few years back, unfortunately he ended as a cat-snack. Fall,Geotagged,Netherlands,Oenanthe leucopyga,White-crowned wheatear

Appearance

This large 17–18 cm long wheatear breeds in stony deserts from the Sahara and Arabia across to Iraq. It is largely resident but has occurred as a rare vagrant to western Europe as far away as Great Britain. It nests in crevices in rocks or walls laying 3-5 eggs.

Although most wheatear species have distinctive male and female plumages, adults of both sexes of this species are black except for a white rump and mainly white tail. Full adults have a white crown, not shown by young birds.
White-crowned wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga) Red Canyon, Israel. Mar 30, 2015. Geotagged,Israel,Oenanthe leucopyga,Spring,White-crowned wheatear

Behavior

This wheatear has a loud song, more varied than most of its relatives and often including mimicry.

Food

This species mainly eats insects.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyMuscicapidae
GenusOenanthe
SpeciesO. leucopyga
Photographed in
Israel
Netherlands