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Oenanthe oenanthe (Northern wheatear / Kuyrukkakan)

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Oenanthe oenanthe (Northern wheatear / Kuyrukkakan)

Oenanthe oenanthe (Northern wheatear / Kuyrukkakan) from Karagöl, Bolkarlar, Ulukışla, Niğde - 23.05.2009.

The Northern Wheatear or Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. It is the most widespread member of the wheatear genus Oenanthe in Europe and Asia. The Northern Wheatear is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in open stony country in Europe and Asia with footholds in northeastern Canada and Greenland as well as in northwestern Canada and Alaska. It nests in rock crevices and rabbit burrows. All birds winter in Africa.

The Northern Wheatear is larger than the European Robin at 14½–16 cm length. Both sexes have a white rump and tail, with a black inverted T-pattern at the end of the tail.

The plumage of the summer male has grey upperparts, buff throat and black wings and face mask. In autumn it resembles the female apart from the black wings. The female is pale brown above and buff below with darker brown wings. The male has a whistling, crackly song. Its call is a typical chat chack noise.

Reference: 1. WiKiPeDia.

Author Bayram GÖÇMEN
Created on Saturday 23 May 2009
Posted on Friday 01 July 2011
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