Finsch’s Wheatear – Oenanthe finschii
A rare black-and-white Wheatear with an all-white back and white cap. The dark facial area extends down to the breast (as in Mourning Wheatear) but the undertail coverts are clean white and the tail pattern rather distinct. Female type birds are drab mouse-brown above and pale below with a dirty grey breast.
Finsch’s Wheatear uncommonly winters in Israel and is a passage migrant in hilly areas of northern and central Israel. Its numbers vary annually.
Where can I find one?
Good sites to search for this beautiful Wheatear are the roads going up to the Golan Heights, the boulder strewn areas of the Galilee, Mt. Gilboa and also the southern Judean hills west of Arad. Finsch’s Wheatear is also a very rare breeder in extreme northern Israel, on the slopes of Mount Hermon.
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- Mourning Wheatear – Oenanthe lugens (with note on Basalt)
- Hooded Wheatear – Oenanthe monacha
- Desert Wheatear – Oenanthe deserti
- Northern Wheatear – Oenanthe oenanthe
- Isabelline Wheatear – Oenanthe isabellin
- Eastern Black-eared Wheatear – Oenanthe hispanica
- Finsch’s Wheatear – Oenanthe finschii
- Pied Wheatear – Oenanthe pleschanka
- Cyprus (Pied) Wheatear – Oenanthe cypriaca
- Kurdish Wheatear – Oenanthe xanthoprymna
- Red-rumped Wheatear – Oenanthe moesta