Study Guide: Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear – Oenanthe pleschanka

Pied Wheatear, male

Pied Wheatear, Male. © Jonathan Meyrav

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 that extends farther up the outer part of the tail than the center.

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.

Pied Wheatear, female

Pied Wheatear, female

Where can you find one?

Rare and unpredictable, most records come from southern Israel in Spring.

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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