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Oenanthe lugentoides


14–16 cm

  • White crown
  • Black facial mask, continues through to the wings
  • Long tail


Middle East: found only on the Arabian Peninsula in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman.


Photo by mikemik
Sanaa, Yemen, November 2012

Formerly included in Abyssinian Wheatear or Mourning Wheatear, and still is by some authorities.[2]..


Two subspecies recognized[1]:

  • O. l. lugentoides in western Arabia (Taif to Yemen)
  • O. l. boscaweni in southern Arabia (Hadramaut)


Desert and mountains, boulder slopes.



Their diet consists of a variety of insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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