April 21, 2017 – Northern Wheatear, Black-throated Wheatear, Common Wheatear, European Wheatear, Greenland Wheatear, Seebohm’s Wheatear, or Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
These wheatears breed in northern Europe and Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Iceland, Greenland, northeastern Canada, Alaska, and the Yukon, migrating to sub-Saharan Africa. They hunt for insects from a perch, running, jumping, or flying to catch them. Mostly solitary and territorial outside of the breeding season, they return to the same area to nest each year. Males reach the breeding ground first and pairs perform courtship dances together. Females then select nest sites and pairs builds cup-shaped nests from leaves, stems, moss, lichen, feathers, and hair, on top of dried grass and stems, usually in a crevice or burrow. Chicks hatch in a little under two weeks and fledge in a little over two weeks.