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Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Photo by Jaybee,Notts,UK
 


Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)

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The above photo shows a male wheatear. Wintering in central Africa this is a summer visitor and passage migrant. It is a mainly ground dwelling bird that is often identified by its white rump as it flies away. It can found mainly on rocky and stony places, upland pastures with dry-stone walls and on moorland. Its diet consists of insects and larvae.
Its main calls are a harsh ‘chak-chak’ or ‘ weet-chak-chak. It also has a brief song of melodious warbling notes, harsh scratchy sounds and whistles.


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