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 91 videos
A male on a rock looking around. Locality Bujaraloz, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain (ssp libanotica)
Jesús Laborda 16 April 2009 3 years ago 41 sec 4.2
A male in winter plumage calling besides a rock. Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia
Josep del Hoyo 25 November 2005 7 years ago 34 sec 4.2
A migrating bird along the cost. Locality Texel, North Holland Province, Netherlands
Yoel Jimenez 19 May 2012 51 weeks ago 17 sec 4
A post-breeding plumaged bird on a sprinkler, flying away. Locality Tauste, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain (ssp libanotica)
Jesús Laborda 28 September 2011 1 year ago 15 sec 4
Male probable territorial display to second male bird Locality North East Scotland, Scotland, Great Britain
Kim Tarsey 12 June 2010 2 years ago 53 sec 4
A male looking around and going away. Locality Bujaraloz, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain (ssp libanotica)
Jesús Laborda 16 April 2009 3 years ago 24 sec 4
PhotosSee all 54 photos
Locality Kemerburgaz, Istanbul Province, Turkey
cetin ceki 16 September 2012 14 weeks ago 4
Locality Outer Hebrides, Scotland, Great Britain
gerfer 7 May 2012 43 weeks ago 4
Locality Sagres, Vila do Bispo, Algarve Region, Portugal
auf 22 September 2009 44 weeks ago 4
male in flight
Locality Salt Ponds Km 20, Eilat, Israel
Lior Kislev 2 April 2012 1 year ago 4
Standing on a stone.
Locality Altai Republic, Eastern Russia, Russia
Sergey Pisarevsky 13 June 2011 1 year ago 4
A Femail showing spring plumage
Locality Sealine Beach Resort, Mesaieed, Al Wakrah, Qatar
John A Thompson 10 April 2011 2 years ago 4