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Western Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica



The Western Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica) is a wheatear, a small migratory passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now considered to be an Old World flycatcher (family Muscicapidae).

It was formerly (and still is by some authorities) considered conspecific with the eastern black-eared wheatear.

The breeding male has the forehead and crown white or nearly white, the mantle buff, and the wings blacker than those of the northern wheatear. The underparts are white tinged with buff. The back, upper tail coverts and most of the tail are white.

A black mask extends from the ear coverts to the bill. The throat can be either black or white.

In autumn and winter the head and mantle are distinctly buff, as are the underparts (including the throat in non-black-throated individuals), but the buff varies in intensity.

Except for the central pair, the tail feathers are much whiter than in the northern wheatear, the white on the inner web often extending to the tip.

Western Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica
Range map
Oenanthe hispanica MHNT
By Didier Descouens - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29769233

The female is a browner bird, but has the characteristic white lower back, and her seasonal changes are less marked.

The male Western Black-eared Wheatear can be distinguished from the male eastern black-eared wheatear by its more buff-tinged upperparts, giving it a less distinctly black-and-white appearance than the latter species, as well as having the black of the mask stopping at the base of the bill rather than extending slightly above.

Black-throated individuals of this species have less black on the throat and face than on the eastern birds, and the black generally terminates less abruptly. Females of this species differ from their eastern counterparts in being warmer brown overall

Western Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica
Range map
Range map from www.oiseaux.net - Ornithological Portal Oiseaux.net
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Length: 16 cm
Wingspan: 25 to 27 cm
Weight: 15 to 22 g
Longevity:
Female / Male / Juvenile

• Female - browner bird, and her seasonal changes are less marked. Can show a dark chin and face in autumn.

From opus at www.birdforum.net

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Conservation status
Conservation status
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 15 March 2021
Location: eBird hotspot Timi (Τιμή) Beach, Cyprus


Western Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica
Western Black-eared Wheatear
16 March 2021 - Akrotiri Gravel pits, Cyprus

Western Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica
Western Black-eared Wheatear
17 March 2021 - eBird hotspot Cape Greco, Cyprus

Western Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica
Western Black-eared Wheatear
20 March 2021 - eBird hotspot Anarita Park, Cyprus

Western Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica
Western Black-eared Wheatear
20 March 2021 - eBird hotspot Anarita Park, Cyprus

Western Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica
Western Black-eared Wheatear
20 March 2021 - eBird hotspot Anarita Park, Cyprus

Western Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica
Western Black-eared Wheatear
20 March 2021 - eBird hotspot Anarita Park, Cyprus



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