Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Wheatear (Oenanthe seebohmi)


French: Traquet de Seebohm German: Atlassteinschmätzer Spanish: Collalba del Atlas
Other common names: Seebohm's Wheatear

Saxicola seebohmi


, 1882,

Djebel Mahmel, Algeria


Usually treated as conspecific with O. oenanthe, but differs in its black vs peachy-buff chin and throat in male (3); black vs black-mottled white underwing-coverts in male (1); paler (often plain whitish) breast and underparts in male (1); wing shorter (effect size –0.58; score 1); bill and tail rather longer (effect size for bill 2.49; score 2); song “slower, lower, richer” (HBW) (allow at least 1). Monotypic.

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NW Africa: N Morocco (Rif to Middle and High Atlas, C Anti-Atlas) and NE Algeria (Aurès and Djurdjura Mts); non-breeding W Africa (mainly SW Mauritania and Senegal to W Mali, occasionally in S Morocco).

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Black-throated Wheatear (Oenanthe seebohmi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 February 2019).