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(Northern) Wheatear
Oenanthe oenanthe
Size: 14-16cm
UK Status: common migrant breader / common passage visitor

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Breeding male has distinctive plumage of grey crown and back, thick black eyestripe accentuated by white supercilium, creamy buff breast and black wings. Tail is often best identifying feature, in flight a black inverted 'T' on a white background is clearly visible. Male plumage fades somewhat during winter. Female generally paler than male, lacking definition - eyestripe absent. Summer visitor to Britain and most of Europe, found mainly on stony open grassland such as heaths, moors, coastal downs etc.

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