Thrushes (Turdidae)

Chestnut-rumped Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprymna) - HBW 10, p. 802

French: Traquet kurde German: Rostbürzel-Steinschmätzer Spanish: Collalba Persa
Other common names: Red-tailed/Rufous-tailed/Red-rumped/Persian Wheatear

Taxonomy: Saxicola xanthoprymna Hemprich and Ehrenberg, 1833, Nubia, north Africa.
Usually treated as conspecific with O. chrysopygia, but the two differ considerably in plumage; they are claimed to intergrade in NW Iran, with intermediates reported, having been named as race cummingi; however, latter form may actually represent first-year plumage of present species, and no proof of intergradation has been put forward; further study required. Monotypic.

Distribution: SE Turkey to SW Iran, probably also extreme NE Iraq; non-breeding E Egypt S to E Sudan and Eritrea, Arabian Peninsula and NE Somalia.

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