Rufous-tailed Wheatear

Oenanthe xanthoprymna

(O. x. chrysopygia)

Armenian Name: Շիկապոչ քարաթռչնակ
Species Status: Threatened Species - Species of Special Concern
Rufous-tailed Wheatear

See Plate 45 for Rufous-tailed Wheatear and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:14.5 cm, Wing Span:26-27 cm
Distribution Map: Map 247.
Description: Pale orange-red rear body and tail base. Male: dark brown-gray above with gray eyestripe and ear coverts. Female: paler undertail coverts and orange tint on ear coverts.
Similar Species: Differs from other wheatears by reddish area at base of tail.
Behavior: Stays within small territory. Perches on cliff face or large rock.
Habitat: Steep arid rocky slopes.
Food: Invertebrates.
Nest: Grassy cup in rock cavity, often with collection of small stones at entrance.
Eggs: 21 mm, 4-6, pale blue.