Desert Wheatear

Oenanthe deserti (Temminck, 1825) DESWH 11490
Family: Passeriformes > Muscicapidae

Desert Wheatear, Scott Mayson

Desert Wheatear is a rare visitor to Britain, and an even rarer one to Ireland. Most records come from the autumn period.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
1.9k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1.9k records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Desert Wheatear winter distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Winter Distribution 2008-2011.
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Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Desert Wheatear is a rare vagrant, typically appearing later than most other wheatears, in November and even December to February.

Weekly occurence of Desert Wheatear from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Desert Wheatear, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Tinwen Diffeithwch
Catalan: còlit del desert
Czech: belorit pouštní
Danish: Ørkenstenpikker
Dutch: Woestijntapuit
Estonian: kõrbe-kivitäks
Finnish: aavikkotasku
French: Traquet du désert
German: Wüstensteinschmätzer
Hungarian: sivatagi hantmadár
Icelandic: Auðnadepill
Irish: Clochrán Fásaigh
Italian: Monachella del deserto
Latvian: tuksneša cakstite
Lithuanian: dykuminis kultupys
Norwegian: Ørkensteinskvett
Polish: bialorzytka pustynna
Portuguese: chasco-do-deserto
Slovak: skaliarik púštový
Slovenian: pušcavski kupcar
Spanish: Collalba desértica
Swedish: ökenstenskvätta

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