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Pied Wheatear

Oenanthe pleschanka (Lepechin, 1770)

Кам'янка лиса | Каменка-плешанка
male

2014-06-08
island Khortytsya
© Serhiy Kozodavov

Description

The Pied Wheatear is a little bird a few lesser than Northern Wheatear. In spring and summer the male is a white and black bird. The white crown tinged with grey contrasts with the black face and throat. The wings and back are black also. The female is browner and has dark brownish head, breast and wings distinguished it on the lighter and more rufous females of other Wheatears. Also females look smaller than other Wheatears and showed less white on the rump. The tail and rump are white, with an inverted black T giving a pattern. After summer (on July-August) molting male has rufous-brownish crown, fresh feathers both black and white have rufous tips but the male remains easily recognized. Autumn female also have on the back the rufous tone formed by light tips of fresh feathers. Juveniles in first plumage have light spots on the back and dark pattern on the breast. Autumn females and juveniles distinguish on other wheatears by the tail having slim less than quarter of tail's length dark terminal band. Weight 15-22 grams, length 15-18, wing 8,6-10,1, wingspan 26-30 cm.

References

В.К.Рябицев. "Птицы Урала, Приуралья и Западной Сибири". Екатеринбург, Изд-во Уральского университета, 2000. А.Ф.Ковшарь "Певчие птицы". Алма-Ата, "Кайнар", 1983.

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