Isabelline Wheatear

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Isabelline Wheatear
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Muscicapidae
Genus:Oenanthe
Binomial name
Oenanthe isabellina
(Temminck, 1829)

The Isabelline Wheatear, Oenanthe isabellina, is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the Thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae.

It is a migratory insectivorous bird. It breeds in southern Russia and central Asia, wintering in Africa and India.

It is like a female Northern Wheatear but it is larger, more upright and more tawny in colour, and has more black on its tail. The axillaries and underwing coverts are white, whereas in the commoner bird they are mottled with grey. Sexes are similar.

Length, 6.5 inches. Wing, 3.9 inches.

It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.

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