Saturday, 5 April 2008

Special Birds: Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka is a summer visitor to the Black Sea coast of Romania and Bulgaria. Elsewhere in the region (and indeed in western Europe) it is only seen when on passage or as a rare vagrant. They breed on coastal cliffs, on rocky steppes, in gorges, on ruins and sometimes on buildings. Though the male in breeding plumage is essentially just black and white, it is a strikingly attractive wheatear. Females are easily confused with the females of Black-eared Wheatear.

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