JORDAN: Where Birds & History Collide

The Middle East is a hugely fascinating region to visit, whether you are a birder or not. Israel is perhaps a better known birding destination but Jordan is an under-watched country, so visiting birders have the opportunity to find and enjoy some very special birds in diverse habitats in solitude. A trip to Jordan should… Read more »

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Birding Israel: A Study Guide to Wheatears

White-crowned Black Wheatear – Oenanthe leucopyga

Wheatears are a fascinating group of Passerines of open landscapes, deserts and steppe-like terrain and happen to be my favorite group of desert birds. Israel’s wide variety of arid landscapes and desert habitats make it a favorite place for Wheatears, and therefore a primary place to begin your understanding of them.

Quiz Yourself: Wheatears of Israel

Test your knowledge of desert wheatears with the following quiz.

Answers to Wheatears of Israel Study Quiz

Pied Female Kurdish Male Kurdish Female White-crowned Black Juvenile Mourning Male Hooded Female White-crowned Black Male Desert Male Desert Female Finsch's Male Cyprus Male Pied Male Isabelline Juvenile Isabelline Male Finsch’s Female Hooded Male Eastern Black-eared Northern Wheatear Basalt… Read more »

Study Guide: Mourning Wheatear

Mourning Wheatear – Oenanthe lugens. © Jonathan Meyrav

A dainty and elegant Wheatear with a striking black-and-white plumage. Mourning Wheatear has a dirty-white cap, a dark facial area extending down to the throat and rusty buff undertail coverts, which are the most important ID feature.