Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Hooded Wheatear (Oenanthe monacha)


French: Traquet à capuchon German: Kappensteinschmätzer Spanish: Collalba monje

Saxicola monacha


, 1825,

Nubia [= Luxor], Egypt




E Egypt (E of Nile), S Sinai, S Israel (S of Dead Sea), W Jordan, Arabian Peninsula (sparsely throughout), Iran and SW Pakistan (W of R Indus).

Descriptive notes

17·5 cm; 18–23 g. A large, slender-looking wheatear with long bill and relatively large head; legs comparatively short. Male is dull black with white crown (... read more


Song, by male from perch or in flight, a series of sweet subdued throaty thrush-like warbled... read more


Desolate desert wadis and ravines, preferably steep-sided, arid open areas on stony or sandy... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods, including grasshoppers, beetles, dragonflies, butterflies, moths, wasps, bees and ants, larval neuropterans, spiders and ticks... read more


Mar–Apr in Egypt; end Mar to mid-Jun in Israel, and courtship late Apr in Jordan; Mar–Jun in Arabian Peninsula; presumed Apr... read more


Sedentary, but some wandering in winter, particularly by females. In Israel, some females wander... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Moderately common in limited range in Egypt. Scarce and local low-density resident in SE Israel, with total population estimated at 100–200... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & de Juana, E. (2019). Hooded Wheatear (Oenanthe monacha). 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 7 December 2019).