Desert Wheatear

Scientific Name: Oenanthe deserti
Common Name: Desert Wheatear 

Identifying Features: buff coloured body, black face and throat, black tail, black legs and bill

Fun Facts:

  • “Wheatear” is not derived from “wheat” or any sense of “ear”, but is a 16th-century linguistic corruption of “white” and “arse”, referring to the prominent white rump found in many species.
  • Incubation is done mainly by the female and both sexes help care for the young.


This image was clicked by Praveen Pandian – via Flickr.

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