Mourning wheatear

Oenanthe lugens

The mourning wheatear is a bird, one of 14 species of wheatear found in the Palearctic region. It is a small passerine in a group formerly classed as members of the thrush family Turdidae, but now more generally considered to be part of the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae.
Oenanthe lugens  Geotagged,Israel,Mourning wheatear,Oenanthe lugens,Winter

Appearance

It is sexually dimorphic with the females sporting more subtle plumage.
Oenanthe lugens  Geotagged,Israel,Mourning wheatear,Oenanthe lugens,Winter

Naming

The mourning wheatear was first described by Martin Lichtenstein in 1823.

The north African subspecies ''halophila'', considered by some to be a separate species, western mourning wheatear, occurs from Morocco east to western Egypt. The Egyptian populations are discussed in Baha El Din and Baha El Din . These birds differ from typical ''halophila'' in exhibiting less sexual dimorphism, and displaying a prominent white wingbar, and thus are closer to the nominate race.
Mourning wheatear (Oenanthe lugens) Petra, Jordan. Apr 3, 2015. Geotagged,Jordan,Mourning wheatear,Oenanthe lugens,Spring

Distribution

It has been recorded in the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

An intriguing dark morph of the mourning wheatear occurs in the basalt desert of northeast Jordan.

Habitat

It is found in semi-desert areas in North Africa and the Middle East.

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