Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka   [Lepechin, 1770]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Turdidae
BTO Codes: PI, PIEWH EURING No: 11470
Number in Britain: 1 record/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 14 cm Wingspan: 26 cm Weight: M/F: 20 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: oinanthe a bird mentioned by Aristotle and Russian name pleshanka for the pied wheatear
World Distribution: BREEDS: e Europe, c Asia, WINTERS: ne Africa, Arabia
Habitat: Arid open country
Diet: Insects, mostly from bare ground
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Isle of May, 1909 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 46 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: Too few records
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Fife (1992), Lothian (1991), Northeast (2003), Orkney (2003), Shetland (2004),
   North-east England: Cleveland (1994), Northumberland (2004), East Yorkshire (1998), North Yorkshire (1991),
   North-west England: Lancashire (1997),
   English Midlands:
   Eastern England: Lincolnshire (2000), Norfolk (2003), Suffolk (1994),
   South-east England: Kent (1994), East Sussex (1990),
   South-west England: Cornwall (1991), Devon (1983), Dorset (1996), Isles of Scilly (2003),
   Wales: Pembrokeshire (1993),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Tinwen Fraith
Danish: Nonnestenpikker Dutch: Bonte tapuit
Finnish: Nunnatasku French: Traquet pie
German: Nonnensteinschmätzer Hungarian: Apáca hantmadár
Icelandic: Nunnedepill Irish: Clochrán Alabhreac
Italian: Monachella dorsonero Norwegian: Svartstrupesteinskvett
Polish: Bialorzytka pstra Portuguese: Chasco-de-peito-preto
Spanish: Collalba pía Swedish: Nunnestenskvätta

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