Black-eared Wheatear

Oenanthe hispanica

(O. h. melanoleuca)

Armenian Name: Սևախայտ քարաթռչնակ
Black-eared Wheatear

See Plate 45 for Black-eared Wheatear and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Common
Length:14.5 cm, Wing Span:25-27 cm
Distribution Map: Map 249.
Description: Terminal black tail band appears narrow due to extended white on outertail feathers. Dark- and light-throated phases occur.
Adult (Breeding): Male has off-white back and underparts, black mask not joining black of wings; throat black or white. Female is brown above with darker mask and wings. Orange tint on breast.
Adult (Non-breeding): Both sexes with extensive pale feather edges on head and wing.
Juvenile: Similar to female but with spotted upperparts.
Similar Species: Breeding female differs from breeding female Pied Wheatear by paler, browner plumage with reddish tint, and usually less black in tail band.
Behavior: Often perches on bush or rock; makes short flights to catch prey.
Habitat: Arid rocky semidesert.
Food: Invertebrates.
Nest: Cup of stems on ground under overhanging rocks.
Eggs: 20 mm, 4-6, pale blue, red-brown spots.