Study Guide: Red-rumped Wheatear

Red-rumped Wheatear – Oenanthe moesta


No Image Available. Rare and never photographed in Israel. (There’s a challenge!)

Please refer to field guide.

 Similar to Kurdish Wheatear but differs in that it has clean, grey upperparts and diagnostic white-fringed coverts. The tail pattern is also unique: mainly black with a distinct rufous base and reddish rump. Red-rumped Wheatear is an extremely rare migrant and summer visitor that has bred in Israel only on a few occasions. The last breeding record is from 1989 from the central Negev; no birds have been recorded since.

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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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  • John Stewart-Smith June 25, 2013, 14:45

    Congratulations on a superb site with beautiful pictures. I spent 8 years in Arabia studying wheatears and all the other birds there.

    Your pictures are better than mine — but I’ve got 36,000 slides



    • Laura Kammermeier June 27, 2013, 21:12

      Thanks for this great feedback! This piece was VERY fun to be together and of course Jon provides a treasure trove of insight and great images here. We hope you’ll share it with your colleagues who may share the same appreciation.

      EIGHT years in Arabia…Wandering With the Wheatears” – perhaps that’s the name of your upcoming memoir? LOL.

      If you ever want to submit a guest post on birding travel to a place in Arabia, or a species introspective like this, do let us know!