White-crowned Wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga) - HBW 10, p. 792
French: Traquet à tête blanche
Spanish: Collalba Yebélica
Other common names: (White-crowned) Black Wheatear, White-rumped/White-tailed Wheatear
Taxonomy: Vitiflora leucopyga C. L. Brehm, 1855, Kurusku, Upper Egypt.
Geographical variation possibly clinal; some specimens of nominate race along Red Sea coast indistinguishable from ernesti. Proposed race aegra (W & C Sahara) synonymized with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- leucopyga (C. L. Brehm, 1855) - W & C Sahara E to Egypt and Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti.
- ernesti Meinertzhagen, 1930 - S Israel, S Jordan and NE Egypt (Sinai) S to C & E Arabia and Yemen.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 17 videos
First record for the Netherlands, male perched and looking around. Locality Oegstgeest, South Holland Province, Netherlands
Yoel Jimenez 9 October 2014 9 weeks ago 1 min 15 sec 5
An adult moving among rocks Locality Erfoud, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco (ssp leucopyga)
Josep del Hoyo 3 April 2007 6 years ago 32 sec 4.7
A juvenile on the ground Locality Tata, Guelmim-Es Semara Region, Morocco (ssp leucopyga)
Josep del Hoyo 17 May 2006 8 years ago 27 sec 4.5
An adult singing from a rock Locality Erfoud, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco (ssp leucopyga)
Josep del Hoyo 3 April 2007 6 years ago 34 sec 4.3
A juvenile on a fence Locality Merzouga, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco (ssp leucopyga)
Josep del Hoyo 3 April 2007 6 years ago 16 sec 4.3
An adult bird preening and shaking its plumage Locality Erfoud, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco (ssp leucopyga)
Eldert Groenewoud 2 March 2004 7 years ago 25 sec 4
PhotosSee all 28 photos
adult on rock
Locality Negev Desert, Israel (ssp ernesti)
Lior Kislev 14 March 2006 3 years ago 4.5
on a rock
Locality Amram Pillars, Eilat, Israel (ssp ernesti)
Lior Kislev 18 March 2012 2 years ago 4.5
A bird in flight, seen from above, in Tassili n'Ajjer near Djanet.
Locality Tassili n'Ajjer National Park, Illizi Province, Algeria (ssp leucopyga)
David Vilasís Boix 2 years ago 4.4
An adult male
Locality Jebil National Park, Kebili Governorate, Tunisia (ssp leucopyga)
Marco Valentini 30 December 2011 2 years ago 4.2
Locality Arava Valley, Israel
Lior Kislev 18 March 2009 3 years ago 4.2
A male White-Crowned Wheatear, a first record of this species for The Netherlands
Locality Oegstgeest, South Holland Province, Netherlands
Gerard Visser 3 November 2014 1 week ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4