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|The Capped Wheatear (Oenanthe pileata) is a small insectivorous passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae.|
This wheatear is found in open dry sandy and stony habitats and short grassland with a few bushes and termite mounds in Africa, from Kenya and Angola south to the Cape. It is largely non-migratory, but undertakes seasonal movements.
The Capped Wheatear is 17–18 cm long and weighs 32 g. Its legs and pointed bill are black. This common species is striking and unmistakable in appearance. The adult has a black cap, cheeks and breast band, and white eye stripe and throat. The rest of the underparts are white with buff on the flanks and lower belly. Like other wheatears, it has a distinctive tail pattern with a black feathers on the base and centre of the tail forming an inverted T against the otherwise white rump.
The Capped Wheatear's song is a loud melodic warble interspersed with slurred chattering, and it has a chik-chik alarm call. It is monogamous and builds a nest of straw, grass, and leaves in a hole in the ground or a termite mound. It may use man-made drainage pipes if available. Typically three or four, sometimes more, eggs are laid.
This solitary species feeds on insects, especially ants. Like other wheatears, it perches on mounds and hops over the short grass, or flies low over the ground.
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- [2019-02-20 10:12]
Hi Peter. Very nice memory from your Kruger trip,not the best light but still a good capture,interesting species not often seen on TN. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
A wonderful capture from your visit to South Africa, Peter.
Wish the eye were a little more visible!
Thanks and regards.
Nice specie with lovely colors. excellent capture.
- [2019-02-21 0:44]
In Kruger it's always challenging to get good shot sitting inside car. But well captured this Capped Wheatear. Good details and well managed background.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,