Oenanthe isabellina (Isabelline wheatear) 

Isabellaskaapwagter [Afrikaans]; Isabeltapuit [Dutch]; Traquet isabelle [French]; Isabellsteinschmätzer [German]; Chasco-isabel [Portuguese]

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Oenanthe isabellina (Isabelline wheatear)   

Isabelline wheatear in non-breeding plumage, Qatar. [photo Saad AlMohannadi ©]


Distribution and habitat

It breeds in the region from eastern Europe to central Asia, heading south in the non-breeding season to the Arabian Peninsula, parts of the Sahara Desert and East Africa down to Tanzania. It was once photographed in northern Botswana in 1971, however it is possible that it has been misidentified. 


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 


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