Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina   [Temminck, 1829]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Turdidae
BTO Codes: , ISAWH EURING No: 11440
Number in Britain: 0 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 16 cm Wingspan: 29 cm Weight: M/F: 31 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: oinanthe a bird mentioned by Aristotle and Mod. L.: isabellinus=greyish-yellow
World Distribution: BREEDS: w&c Asia, WINTERS ne Africa to c India
Habitat: Arid open country
Diet: Mainly invertebrates, esp. ant and beetles, will dig or search burrows
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Cumbria,1887 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 21 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: Too few records
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Northeast (1979), Orkney (2005), Shetland (2004),
   North-east England: Northumberland (1980), East Yorkshire (1990), North Yorkshire (2006),
   North-west England: Cumbria (1887),
   English Midlands:
   Eastern England: Norfolk (2001), Suffolk (2005),
   South-east England: Kent (1996),
   South-west England: Cornwall (1996), Isles of Scilly (1991),
   Wales: Anglesey (2006), Caernarfonshire (2002), Pembrokeshire (1997),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh:
Danish: Isabellastenpikker Dutch: Izabeltapuit
Finnish: Arotasku French: Traquet isabelle
German: Isabellsteinschmätzer Hungarian: Pusztai hantmadár
Icelandic: Steppudepill Irish: Clochrán Gainimh
Italian: Culbianco isabellino Norwegian: Isabellsteinskvett
Polish: Bialorzytka plowa Portuguese: Chasco-isabel
Spanish: Collalba isabel Swedish: Isabellastenskvätta

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Books and Monographs:
   Panov, E.N. 2005 Wheatears of Palearctic [sic] Pensoft Publishers [598.911 PAN]
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