Thrushes (Turdidae)

White-crowned Wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga) - HBW 10, p. 792

French: Traquet à tête blanche German: Saharasteinschmätzer 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.