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Male melanoleuca without black throat
Photo © by scottishdude
Lesvos, Greece, May 2011
Oenanthe melanoleuca



Males come in two colour morphs - pale throated and black throated, with black throated the commoner.

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Photo © by scottishdude
Dumistan, Bahrain, October 2009

Identification of younger birds of this species versus Pied Wheatear is discussed in a [thread] in the Identification forum.


"Eastern Black-eared Wheatear" is found in south-east Europe to Iran and the Caspian Sea, migrating to northern Africa.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Previously joined with Western Black-eared Wheatear under the name of Black-eared Wheatear.





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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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