Pied Wheatear, female

Pied Wheatear, female

Similar to Black-eared Wheatear but the black facial area connects to the black wings and the back is entirely black. Pied Wheatears have a rather distinct tail pattern with an uneven black terminal band. Sometimes the Pied is hard to seperate from Cyprus (Pied) and Black-eared Wheatears, so an experienced guide is a bonus.

Pied Wheatear is a rare but annual passage migrant in Israel that can turn up just about anywhere in the country. Most records are from the spring, as the species moves north from its East African wintering grounds to its central Asian breeding grounds.

Where do you find one? Rare and unpredictable, most records come from southern Israel in Spring.

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