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Black-eared wheatear


Common name Black-eared wheatear
Scientific name Oenanthe hispanica
Type Shrubland birds
Status Summer

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.



Where it lives

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.

How it lives

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.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

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).

Curious facts

Black-Eared Wheatear males can dress in two ways. Some specimens have a black throat while others have a white throat.

Similar birds
Wintering Summer Resident Migration