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Northern Wheatear

Orange-fronted Parakeet
Northern Shrike

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Northern Shrike

  • Lanius excubitor
  • Corvids, Shrikes & Friends

About the Northern Wheatear

Also known as: Wheatear, Common Wheatear, European Wheatear

The Northern Wheatear is a medium-sized species of songbird native to parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa. There are also pockets of Northern Wheatear found regularly in parts of Canada and Greenland. All Northern Wheatears, including those that breed in Canada, spend the winter in sub-Saharan Africa.

Northern Wheatears are closely related to flycatchers. Breeding male birds have black on their wings and black in a mask-like pattern on the face.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 28 December 2011
Scientific Name Oenanthe oenanthe
  • Passeriformes
  • Muscicapidae
  • Oenanthe
  • O. oenanthe
Birdorable Family Flycatchers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5.7 to 6.3 inches
12 inches
.81 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe West Asia Central Asia North Africa North America

International Names

  • bělořit šedý (Czech)
  • Stenpikker (Danish)
  • Tapuit (Dutch)
  • somaliantasku (Finnish)
  • Traquet motteux (French)
  • Steinschmätzer (German)
  • Culbianco (Italian)
  • ソマリハシグロヒタキ (hashigurohitaki) (Japanese)
  • 북방사막딱새 (Korean)
  • Steinskvett (Norwegian)
  • białorzytka (Polish)
  • Обыкновенная каменка (Russian)
  • Collalba Somalí (Spanish)
  • Stenskvätta (Swedish)