Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Heuglin's Wheatear (Oenanthe heuglinii)


Taxonomy

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

Saxicola Heuglini

Heuglin#R

, 1869,

“Gondar”; error = Sudan

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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.

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58553 on 12 December 2018).