Isabelline Wheatear Showing black tail Conservation status Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Passeriformes Family: Muscicapidae Genus: Oenanthe Species: O. isabellina Binomial name Oenanthe isabellina
The Isabelline Wheatear, Oenanthe isabellina, 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 like a female Northern Wheatear but it is larger at 15–16.5 centimetres (5.9–6.5 in) in length, more upright and more tawny in colour, and has more black on its tail. The term isabelline refers to the colouration. The axillaries and underwing coverts are white, whereas in the commoner bird they are mottled with grey. Sexes are similar.
It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.
- Corso, A. (1997) Variability of identification characters of Isabelline Wheatear Dutch Birding 19: 153-165
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- Data related to Oenanthe isabellina at Wikispecies
- Oenanthe isabellina in the Flickr: Field Guide Birds of the World
- Oenanthe isabellina on Avibase
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