Isabelline Wheatear

Oenanthe isabellina

Armenian Name: Պարող քարաթռչնակ
Isabelline Wheatear

See Plate 45 for Isabelline Wheatear and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Common
Length:16.5 cm, Wing Span:27-31 cm
Distribution Map: Map 246.
Description: Pale wheatear with long bill, upright posture, pale underwing, and wide tail band.
Adult (Breeding): Grayish brown-yellow above; very pale orange-brown or gray-brown below.
Adult (Non-breeding): Paler and yellower with broad pale edges on upperwing.
Juvenile: Duller with faint dark markings on upperparts, throat, and breast.
Similar Species: Differs from other wheatears by large size, pale color, whitish axillaries, long bill and legs.
Behavior: Runs rapidly with pauses to scan the landscape.
Habitat: Arid mountain steppe; semidesert.
Food: Invertebrates.
Nest: Cup of grass in rodent burrow.
Eggs: 22 mm, 5-6, pale blue, reddish spots.