Study Guide: Eastern Black-eared Wheatear

 Eastern Black-eared Wheatear – Oenanthe hispanica

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, male with pale throat. © Jonathan Meyrav

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, male with pale throat. © Jonathan Meyrav

A rather slim and long-tailed Wheatear with warm upperparts, a dark facial area, white- to off-white underparts and unique tail pattern.

In Israel, Black-eared Wheatear is a common passage migrant that can be seen in good numbers during migration seasons. Black-eared Wheatears are also fairly common breeders, especially in mountaneous areas in Judea and Samaria, and in northern Israel. Good numbers still breed in the Northern Golan Heights and Mt. Hermon, but unfortunately there is a steady decline in numbers of breeding birds in central Israel, mainly due to loss of habitat.

Where can I find one?

Common during migration anywhere in the eastern and southern valleys.

Return to Wheatear Study Guide.

  1. White-crowned Black Wheatear – Oenanthe leucopyga
  2. Mourning Wheatear – Oenanthe lugens (with note on Basalt)
  3. Hooded Wheatear – Oenanthe monacha
  4. Desert Wheatear – Oenanthe deserti
  5. Northern Wheatear – Oenanthe oenanthe
  6. Isabelline Wheatear – Oenanthe isabellin
  7. Eastern Black-eared Wheatear – Oenanthe hispanica
  8. Finsch’s Wheatear – Oenanthe finschii
  9. Pied Wheatear – Oenanthe pleschanka
  10. Cyprus (Pied) Wheatear – Oenanthe cypriaca
  11. Kurdish  Wheatear – Oenanthe xanthoprymna
  12. Red-rumped Wheatear – Oenanthe moesta
Jonny in the field

Jonathan Meyrav

 Jonathan is an accomplished tour guide and the tourism director of the Israel Ornithological Center. He brings to the Nature Travel Network a combined experience of nearly 20 years of desert birding with intimate knowledge Read More

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