Northern Wheatear

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 28 December 2011
Scientific Name
Oenanthe oenanthe
  • Passeriformes
  • Muscicapidae
  • Oenanthe
  • O. oenanthe
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
5.7 to 6.3 inches
12 inches
.81 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) bělořit šedý
Danish (Dansk) Stenpikker
Dutch (Nederlands) Tapuit
Finnish (Suomi) somaliantasku
French (Français) Traquet motteux
German (Deutsch) Steinschmätzer
Italian (Italiano) Culbianco
Japanese (日本語) ソマリハシグロヒタキ (hashigurohitaki)
Korean (한국어) 북방사막딱새
Norwegian (Norsk) Steinskvett
Polish (Polski) białorzytka
Russian (русский язык) Обыкновенная каменка
Spanish (Español) Collalba Somalí
Swedish (Svenska) Stenskvätta
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