Thrushes (Turdidae)

Buff-breasted Wheatear (Oenanthe bottae) - HBW 10, p. 805

French: Traquet à poitrine rousse German: Braunbrust-Steinschmätzer Spanish: Collalba de Botta
Other common names: Botta’s/Red-breasted Wheatear

Taxonomy: Campicola bottae Bonaparte, 1854, no locality = Yemen.
May form a superspecies with O. isabellina and O. heuglini, and all sometimes considered conspecific. Commonly treated as conspecific with latter, but geographical break between the two abrupt, and they differ in plumage and particularly in size, as well as in habitat and, reputedly, behaviour. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • bottae (Bonaparte, 1854) - highlands of SW Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
  • frenata (Heuglin, 1869) - highlands of Eritrea and Ethiopia.