Thrushes (Turdidae)

Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica) - HBW 10, p. 801

French: Traquet oreillard German: Mittelmeer-Steinschmätzer Spanish: Collalba Rubia
Other common names: Black-throated Wheatear; Spanish (Black-throated) Wheatear (hispanica)

Taxonomy: Motacilla hispanica Linnaeus, 1758, Gibraltar.
Sometimes considered conspecific with O. pleschanka; the two hybridize where breeding ranges overlap, with no evidence of assortative mating, and may be better reunited as one species. Race melanoleuca fairly distinct, but intergrades with nominate (amount of black on mask/throat increases from W to E). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • hispanica (Linnaeus, 1758) - SW & SC Europe (E to Italy and Croatia) and NW Africa; non-breeding W African Sahel.
  • melanoleuca (Güldenstädt, 1775) - SC & SE Europe, Asia Minor and Levant E to Caspian Sea, SW Kazakhstan and N, W & S Iran; non-breeding C & E Sahel and NE Africa.