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. bottae frenata, but smaller, with narrower white supercilium, and buffier breast (dull fulvous) indistinctly demarcated... 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

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. (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 24 February 2019).