Oenanthe pleschanka (Pied wheatear) 

Bontskaapwagter [Afrikaans]; Bonte tapuit [Dutch]; Traquet pie [French]; Nonnensteinschmätzer [German]; Chasco-dominó [Portuguese]

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Teleostomi (teleost fish) > Osteichthyes (bony fish) > Class: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) > Stegocephalia (terrestrial vertebrates) > Tetrapoda (four-legged vertebrates) > Reptiliomorpha > Amniota > Reptilia (reptiles) > Romeriida > Diapsida > Archosauromorpha > Archosauria > Dinosauria (dinosaurs) > Saurischia > Theropoda (bipedal predatory dinosaurs) > Coelurosauria > Maniraptora > Aves (birds) > Order: Passeriformes > Family: Muscicapidae > Genus: Oenanthe

Oenanthe pleschanka (Pied wheatear)  Oenanthe pleschanka (Pied wheatear) 

Pied wheatear male in breeding plumage, Kuwait. [photo rashed11112 ©]

Pied wheatear male in non-breeding plumage, Kuwait. [photo rashed11112 ©]

Distribution and habitat

It breeds from eastern Europe through to central Asia, heading south in the non-breeding season to south-western Arabia and north-eastern Africa, from Egypt to Somalia and Tanzania. It was once spotted in a fallow sugar cane field at Mtunzini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 1984, which is the only time it has ever been seen in southern Africa. It generally prefers plains with scattered thickets and trees, boulder-strewn mountain slopes, moorland, cliffs, dry cropland, stock pens and villages.

Food 

It mainly eats insects, doing most of its foraging from a perch, pouncing prey on the ground or hawking insects aerially. The following food items have been recorded in its diet in Africa:

References

  • 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.

 
 

 Contact us if you can contribute information or images to improve this page.

Birds home   Biodiversity Explorer home   Iziko home   Search