Mountain Wheatear (Oenanthe monticola) - HBW 10, p. 795
French: Traquet montagnard
Spanish: Collalba Montana
Other common names: Mountain Chat
Taxonomy: Oenanthe monticola Vieillot, 1818, Namaqualand, south-west Africa.
Proposed race griseiceps (from E Northern Cape, in South Africa) synonymized with nominate. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- nigricauda Traylor, 1961 - S Cuanza Sul and Huambo, in W Angola.
- albipileata (Bocage, 1867) - coastal SW Angola S from Benguela.
- atmorii (Tristram, 1869) - W Namibia.
- monticola Vieillot, 1818 - S Namibia, South Africa (E to C Northern Province and W KwaZulu-Natal), W Swaziland and Lesotho.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A male of the black morph on the ground, rubbing its bill several times Locality Kuiseb Canyon, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia (ssp atmorii)
Josep del Hoyo 17 July 1998 8 years ago 47 sec 4.1
A male of the black morph, feeding on the ground Locality Kuiseb Canyon, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia (ssp atmorii)
Josep del Hoyo 17 July 1998 8 years ago 27 sec 4
A male feeding and hopping on the ground. Locality Daan Viljoen Game Park, Khomas Region, Namibia
Jean Michel Erard 31 July 2003 8 years ago 17 sec 4
A female looking around on a rock Locality Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape Province, South Africa (ssp monticola)
Helmut Schenkel Brunner 31 December 2000 6 years ago 10 sec 3.8
A male of the black morph, perched low on a tree and flying away Locality Kuiseb Canyon, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia (ssp atmorii)
Josep del Hoyo 17 July 1998 8 years ago 42 sec 3.7
A dark morph male perched on a dead branch Locality Spitzkoppe, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp atmorii)
Keith Blomerley 19 January 2007 7 years ago 26 sec 3.5
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Marco Valentini 28 August 2013 1 year ago 4.2
a female perched
Locality Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Cristiano Crolle 10 August 2013 1 year ago 4.2
Adult male perched
Locality Ai-Ais, Karas Region, Namibia
Marco Valentini 29 August 2013 1 year ago 4.2
Locality Solitaire, Khomas Region, Namibia
Ken Havard 7 April 2013 1 year ago 4
Light grey morph. Male bird
Locality Kagga Kamma Private Game Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp monticola)
Loutjie Steenberg 20 November 2010 3 years ago 3.7
The Namibian type with white belly.
Locality Erongo Region, Namibia
Robert Erasmus 3 July 2013 1 year ago 3.5
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