Small bird (approx 14 cm or 5.5 in). The males show a marked contrast between the black wings and the the lighter back and belly, from ocher tones to white. Black mask on the face. The females have a more homogeneous plumage. The tail is white and has a typical black inverted T. The juveniles resemble the females.
Species that can occupy very varied environments, with a preference for open, arid and sunny spaces. Normally in areas with scarce coverage, few trees and with scattered scrub and bushes.
Summer bird that can be watched in the province only during the breeding period. It usually nests on the ground and starts the breeding in April. A single laying of 4 to 6 eggs. It is an insectivorous species.
Rare species in Malaga. It can be observed in mountain areas at intermediate levels. In the Great Path it is present, for example, in stages 6, 10, 11, 12, 20, 23, 24, 28 and 33. In addition, it is possible to be watched in the Sierra de la Utrera (Casares), Puerto de Malaga (Ardales) and Sierra de Baños (Carratraca).
Black-Eared Wheatear males can dress in two ways. Some specimens have a black throat while others have a white throat.
- El Torcal
- GR 249. Stage 06: Frigiliana - Cómpeta
- GR 249. Stage 10: Alfarnatejo (Pulgarín Alto) - Alfarnate
- GR 249. Stage 11: Alfarnate - Villanueva del Rosario
- GR 249. Stage 12: Villanueva del Rosario - Archidona
- GR 249. Stage 20: Embalses del Guadalhorce - Estación de El Chorro
- GR 249. Stage 23: El Burgo - Ronda
- GR 249. Stage 24: Ronda - Estación de Benaoján
- GR 249. Stage 26: Jimera de Líbar - Benalauría
- GR 249. Stage 33: Mijas - Benalmádena