Northern Wheatear

Other Names: none

Distribution: Eurasia north of India, north and central Africa, and occasionally North America.

Northern Wheatear distribution range map

Description:

Size: 14-16 cm in length with a 28-32 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Breeding males have gray upperparts, a tawny throat, and black wings and face mask. Outside of the breeding season, males resemble females apart from having black wings. The female is generally pale brown on top and buff below with dark brown wings.

Both sexes have a white rump and tail, with a black inverted T-pattern at the end of the tail.

Species image
Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Eats
currants
nut-meal
raisins
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
british columbia
california
connecticut
delaware
florida
georgia
greenland
illinois
indiana
kansas
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
south dakota
texas
vermont
virginia
washington
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
mountains
Grasslands
Color
black
gray
Body Shape
perching
Size
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
thrushes - turdidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species