Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Heuglin's Wheatear (Oenanthe heuglinii)


French: Traquet de Heuglin German: Heuglinsteinschmätzer Spanish: Collalba de Heuglin

Saxicola Heuglini


, 1869,

“Gondar”; error = Sudan


See O. bottae. Proposed race campicolina (Cameroon) synonymized. Monotypic.


S Mauritania, Mali and NE Guinea E to S Sudan, South Sudan, W Ethiopia (Gambela National Park), NE Uganda and NW Kenya. Recently recorded breeding in SE Senegal (Dande, in Kédougou Region#R).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 17–23 g. Resembles O. frenata, but smaller, with narrower white supercilium, and buffier breast (dull fulvous) indistinctly demarcated from... read more


Song, sometimes on moonlit nights, a series of extended variable phrases, each 30–60 seconds... read more


Dry, bare or short-grass areas in flat stony ground or on boulder-strewn hillsides, degraded... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects. Occurs in small groups outside breeding season. Rather shy.


Dec–Apr (late dry season) in Nigeria and Cameroon and Mar in Sudan; sometimes two broods. Nest a cup of coarse dry grass lined with... read more


Apparently sedentary in Ethiopia, but at least partial migrant elsewhere. At start of rains in Apr/... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon in W Eritrea and W highlands of Ethiopia; generally frequent to common across broad sub-Saharan range, although abundance... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Heuglin's Wheatear (Oenanthe heuglinii). 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 13 December 2019).