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 (wēt′îr′, hwēt′-)
Any of several flycatchers of the genus Oenanthe primarily of Eurasia and Africa, having a gray back, buff breast, and white rump.

[Back-formation from earlier wheatears (taken as pl.) : probably by folk etymology from white + arse.]


(Animals) any small northern songbird of the genus Oenanthe, esp O. oenanthe, a species having a pale grey back, black wings and tail, white rump, and pale brown underparts: subfamily Turdinae (thrushes)
[C16: back formation from wheatears (wrongly taken as plural), probably from white + arse; compare Dutch witstaart, French culblanc white tail]


(ˈʰwitˌɪər, ˈwit-)

any of several small thrushes of the genus Oenanthe, having a distinctive white rump, esp. O. oenanthe, of Eurasia and N North America.
[1585–95; probably back formation from wheatears, for *whiteers white rump. See white, arse]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wheatear - small songbird of northern America and Eurasia having a distinctive white rumpwheatear - small songbird of northern America and Eurasia having a distinctive white rump
thrush - songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast


[ˈwiːtɪəʳ] N (Orn) → collalba f


[ˈwiːtˌɪəʳ] n (Zool) → culbianco
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The desert wheatear is a relative of the more familiar wheatear, or northern wheatear as it is also known, which wisely spend its winters in Africa but comes here to breed.
A few, such as the Northern Wheatear and WillowWarbler, travel from the very southern tip of Africa where they have spent the winter all the way to Alaska and Northwestern Canada to nest; and they do the reverse journey again in the autumn.
Among the remarkable individual journeys that have been observed using new technology are an 18,000-mile round-trip migration from Alaska to sub-Saharan Africa by a bird that weighs just under one ounce, the northern wheatear.
I saw Desert Wheatear, at Sur and Northern Wheatear at Wadi Tiwi.
Key words: second brood, Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe, Arctic passerine, life-history theory
Of those species surveyed the worst performers are snipe, meadow pipit, brambling, willow tit, lapwing, thrush, nightingale, wood warbler, nutcracker, northern wheatear and lesser spotted woodpecker.
The competition featured contestants aged between 10 and 15 years and the participating teams hunted migratory birds such as quail, northern wheatear and Isabelline wheatear by using traditional traps made from tree branches.
Doublebrooding by the Northern Wheatear on Baffin Island.
Another example of Old World bird species that have spread from Asia to North America, along with the northern wheatear and arctic warbler mentioned on page 43, is the bluethroat, which is well established as a breeding bird in northwestern Alaska.
Conversely, 21 species occurred after 1950 that had not been reported prior to that year: green-winged teal, northern pintail, greater scaup, common goldeneye, red-breasted merganser, golden eagle, gyrfalcon, black-bellied plover, ruddy turnstone, sanderling, least sandpiper, white-rumped sandpiper, Thayer's gull, Iceland gull, glaucous gull, American robin, northern wheatear, yellow-rumped warbler, blackpoll warbler, Harris's sparrow, and white-crowned sparrow.
The northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) is more common in the southern continental part but is also breeding in the delta.

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