Northern Wheatear


The Northern Wheatear is a bird of open stony country and is mainly found on the ground or on top of a rock. 
The plumage of both female and male look rather different in summer and winter.

During the breeding season, the male is blue-grey above with black wings, and white below with an orange flush to the breast.
Outside the breeding season, the male has a buffy-brown crown and back (instead of blue-grey), yellowish-buff underparts and golden edging to the wing feathers (instead of black).

The breeding female is similar to the breeding male, but with pale brownish-grey upperparts, grey-brown wings and duller facial patterns.
Outside the breeding season, the female is generally buff-brown above (instead of grey) with buff and white edging to the wing feathers (instead of brown). 

Juvenile Northern Wheatears are similar in appearance to the adult non-breeding female.

First 4 photos: Histria area, Constanta County, Romania, 21 May 2018
Last photo: Enisala area, Tulcea County, Romania, 23 May 2018

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