January 30, 2015 – Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)

Desert Wheatears are found in North Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia. They feed primarily on invertebrates, but will also eat seeds. These wheatears are very territorial, controlling a small area in which they hunt insects and attacking other birds they find inside this area. During migration, they can sometimes lose their way and are occasionally seen as vagrants as far off as Great Britain. They build their nests in burrows or around stones or plants, from grass, twigs, wool, hair, and other plant or animal materials.