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Wheatears are a fascinating group of desert birds that inhabit open landscapes, deserts and steppe-like terrain in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and parts of Europe.
Assuming you’ve been through the Wheatears of Israel study guide and are now ready to test your phenomenal ID skills, walk through this quiz and see how many you can name.
Oh, and just like real life, the birds don’t reveal their identities here, but you can click through to the species detail pages to find out (or download an ordered list, here).
Good luck and let us know how you do!
An experienced guide is a bonus for tricky species like this! Click for answer.
The orange, white and black tail pattern gives this species away. Click for answer.
Check out that supercilium and rusty vent. Click for answer.
Bottoms up! Click for answer.
Rusty buff undertail coverts are key. Click for answer.
Females of this species are very different than males. Click for answer.
The only Wheatear in Israel with black underparts. Click for answer.
The all-black tail pattern is unique to this species, among other things. Click for answer
Fairly common in southern Israel in the Arava Valley, the high Negev and the Nizzana area. Click for answer.
The all-white back is your first clue.
Darker on average and creamier buff below than its close relation. Click for answer.
Black facial area connects to the black wings and the back is entirely black. Click for answer.
Why, he looks like an upright fellow. Click for answer.
In the field, be sure to look for the striking T pattern in the tail. Sorry we can’t show it here but refer to a field guide. Click for answer.
We haven’t a clue. Do you? Click for answer.
Larger with stronger, longer bill. The black facial area extends down to the breast; clean, white undertail coverts. Click for answer.
Slim and long-tailed; warm upperparts, dark facial area, white- to off-white underparts. Unique tail pattern not visible here.
North Americans may be familiar with this species.
A younger version of #18?
You’re not likely to see this species but if you do…get a photo! Image © Itai Shanni
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