- Oenanthe isabellina
15-16.5 cm (6-6½ in)
- Pale dull brown overall
- White rump, basal tail patches with black centre and terminal band
- Pale Axillaries and underwing coverts
- Dark alula
- supercilium is whiter in front of the eye, more buff behind
Sexes are similar
Larger than an autumn-plumaged Northern Wheatear
South-Eastern Romania, Southern Ukraine, Southern Russia and central Asia to Northern Pakistan, wintering in north-eastern Africa Arabia and India.
This is a monotypic species.
Breeds in areas or short grass or semi-desert, dry plains.
Their diet consists of invertebrates (small insects), beetles and ants; in addition to some vegetable matter.
They nest in a rodent burrows.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2018)
- Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3
- Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Isabelline Wheatear. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 6 June 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Isabelline_Wheatear
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