Pied Wheatear

Oenanthe pleschanka (Lepechin, 1770) PI PIEWH 11470
Family: Passeriformes > Muscicapidae

Pied Wheatear, Yoav Perlman

This smart black and white wheatear is a very rare visitor from south-east Europe, with most records in late autumn (October and November).

Pied Wheatears are migrants and winter in a band across central Africa.

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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.

Pied Wheatear winter distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Winter Distribution 2008-2011.
More from the Atlas Mapstore.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Pied Wheatear is a rare vagrant, usually seen in late October and early November.

Weekly occurence of Pied 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 Pied 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.


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

Welsh: Tinwen Fraith
Catalan: còlit de pit negre
Czech: belorit belohlavý
Danish: Nonnestenpikker
Dutch: Bonte Tapuit
Estonian: nunn-kivitäks
Finnish: nunnatasku
French: Traquet pie
German: Nonnensteinschmätzer
Hungarian: apácahantmadár
Icelandic: Nunnudepill
Irish: Clochrán Alabhreac
Italian: Monachella dorsonero
Latvian: dagla cakstite
Lithuanian: margasis kultupys
Norwegian: Svartstrupesteinskvett
Polish: bialorzytka pstra
Portuguese: chasco-malhado
Slovak: skaliarik plešanka
Slovenian: crnomorski kupcar
Spanish: Collalba pía
Swedish: nunnestenskvätta

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