Isabelline Wheatear

Oenanthe isabellina (Temminck, 1829) ISAWH 11440
Family: Passeriformes > Muscicapidae

Isabelline Wheatear, Simon Gillings

Resembling a pale Wheatear, this is a very rare visitor for which most records come in late autumn.

Isabelline Wheatear breeds from eastern Greece and Turkey east to north-east China, and winters in the north and east of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and east to Pakistan.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
775 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
775 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 vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Isabelline Wheatear is a rare vagrant and characteristically a late autumn bird, with most records in late October and November.

Weekly occurence of Isabelline 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 Isabelline 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 Felynllwyd
Catalan: còlit pàl·lid
Czech: belorit plavý
Danish: Isabellastenpikker
Dutch: Izabeltapuit
Estonian: liiv-kivitäks
Finnish: arotasku
French: Traquet isabelle
German: Isabellsteinschmätzer
Hungarian: pusztai hantmadár
Icelandic: Steppudepill
Irish: Clochrán Gainimh
Italian: Culbianco isabellino
Latvian: dukaina cakstite
Lithuanian: palšasis kultupys
Norwegian: Isabellasteinskvett
Polish: bialorzytka plowa
Portuguese: chasco-isabel
Slovak: skaliarik plavý
Slovenian: bledi kupcar
Spanish: Collalba isabel
Swedish: isabellastenskvätta

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