Thrushes (Turdidae)

Finsch's Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii) - HBW 10, p. 797

French: Traquet de Finsch German: Felsensteinschmätzer Spanish: Collalba de Finsch
Other common names: White-backed Wheatear

Taxonomy: Saxicola Finschii Heuglin, 1869, Syria.
Has been treated as conspecific with O. lugens; interface of race barnesi and race persica of latter worthy of analysis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • finschii (Heuglin, 1869) - Asia Minor and Levant (including extreme N Israel) E to W & SW Iran; non-breeding also coastal E Mediterranean, N Egypt and Middle East.
  • barnesi (Oates, 1890) - E Turkey, NE & E Iran and W Turkmenistan E to SC Kazakhstan, E Afghanistan and W Pakistan; non-breeding also Mesopotamia and SW Asia.

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