Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) - HBW 10, p. 795
French: Traquet motteux
Spanish: Collalba Gris
Other common names: Wheatear; Black-throated/Seebohm’s Wheatear (seebohmi)
Taxonomy: Motacilla oenanthe Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Has in the past been considered conspecific with O. phillipsi. Race seebohmi has been suggested as possibly representing a separate species. Birds in Iceland, Jan Mayen and Faeroes included in race leucorhoa, but intermediate between that and nominate. Proposed races nivea (S Spain and Balearic Is) and virago (islands of E & S Aegean, in SE Europe) regarded as synonyms of libanotica. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- leucorhoa (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - NE Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Jan Mayen and Faeroe Is; non-breeding W Africa (mainly Senegal and Sierra Leone E to Mali).
- oenanthe (Linnaeus, 1758) - N & C Europe and N Asia (S to N Kazakhstan and L Baikal) E to E Siberia and NW North America (Alaska, NW Canada); non-breeding N & C Africa.
- libanotica (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833) - S Europe, Asia Minor, Levant, Transcaucasia, N Iran, Turkmenistan, N Afghanistan, Tien Shan, Mongolia, S Transbaikalia and N China (Xinjiang E to Shanxi); non-breeding N Afrotropics and Mesopotamia.
- seebohmi (Dixon, 1882) - NW Africa; non-breeding W Africa (mainly SW Mauritania and Senegal).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 114 videos
A female on the stone. Locality Mainland, Shetland Islands, Scotland, Great Britain
Jeremiusz Trzaska 11 July 2012 3 years ago 19 sec 4.8
Frontal, lateral and back view of an adult preening, in autum plumage already in august Locality Cap de Creus, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain
Ferran Vaquero 22 August 2011 4 years ago 1 min 32 sec 4.7
A bird on a branch. Locality Kalmthoutse Heide, Antwerp Province, Belgium
Jeremiusz Trzaska 13 September 2015 9 weeks ago 32 sec 4.7
A juvenile Locality Noss National Nature Reserve, Shetland Islands, Scotland, Great Britain
Pascal Vagner 19 July 2013 2 years ago 19 sec 4.7
A male on a rock, preening Locality The Pyrenees, France (ssp oenanthe)
Julien Rochefort 30 June 2006 8 years ago 46 sec 4.6
A juvenile moulting preening Locality Gressholmen Island, Oslo Fjord, Oslo & Akershus, Norway (ssp oenanthe)
Eric Roualet 15 July 2006 4 years ago 41 sec 4.6
PhotosSee all 126 photos
on the stone embankment
Locality Blato, City of Zagreb, Croatia (ssp libanotica)
spiljar 6 April 2014 49 weeks ago 4.9
Northern Wheatear with consumption for his kids.
Locality Serock, Masovian Province, Poland
Paweł Wacławik 20 June 2008 2 years ago 4.6
on the ground
Locality Yotvata, Arava Valley, Israel
Lior Kislev 23 March 2011 4 years ago 4.6
male on the ground
Locality Roquefort-des-Corbières, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (ssp oenanthe)
Georges Olioso 18 September 2015 10 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Persfjorden-Syltefjorden, Varanger Peninsula, Finnmark County, Norway
Tomas Grim 31 July 2015 13 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Riyadh, Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
mansorea 9 March 2014 1 year ago 4.5
Alarm calls by a male, close to its nest. Locality Collado de Sahún, Huesca, Aragón, Spain
(ssp libanotica) (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 8 July 2013 2 years ago 4
A female giving alert calls. Locality Valdelinares, Teruel, Aragón, Spain
Carlos Fabregat 9 July 2011 4 years ago 4
A male singing Locality Ayvalik, Balikesir Province, Turkey
Stuart Fisher 3 May 2007 6 years ago 4
Locality Berlin, Germany
Joe Klaiber 37 weeks ago 0
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A male singing. Locality Lindoya Island, Oslo Fjord, Oslo & Akershus, Norway
Eric Roualet 5 May 2014 1 year ago 0