|Northern Wheatear (male)|
The Northern Wheatear or Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the Thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae.
It is the most widespread member of the wheatear genus Oenanthe in Europe and Asia.
All birds winter in Africa, which makes the large, bright Greenland race leucorhea one of the most impressive long-distance migrants.
Northern Wheatear is larger than the European Robin. Both sexes have a white rump and tail, with a black inverted T-pattern at the terminal end of the tail.
The summer male has grey upperparts, buff throat and black wings and face mask. In autumn it resembles the female apart from the black wings.
The female is pale brown above and buff below with darker brown wings.
The male has a whistling, crackly song. Its call is a typical Chat “chack” noise.