Thrushes (Turdidae)

Buff-rumped Wheatear (Oenanthe moesta) - HBW 10, p. 801

French: Traquet à tête grise German: Fahlbürzel-Steinschmätzer Spanish: Collalba Culirroja
Other common names: Red-rumped/Tristram’s Wheatear

Taxonomy: Saxicola moesta M. H. K. Lichtenstein, 1823, between Bir Hamam and Gassr Eschtaebi, Egypt.
Varies clinally in colour and size across N Africa, from large, dark birds in W (described as race theresae) to smaller, paler, greyer ones in Egypt; birds E from NE Egypt (Sinai) named as race brooksbanki, but distinctions very slight and/or inconstant, and some probably clinal. Treated as monotypic.

Distribution: N Africa E to NE Egypt (Sinai) and from S Syria S to Israel and NW Saudi Arabia and E to W Iraq; non-breeding also C Arabia.