Finsch’s Wheatear (Female)
Scientific Name 
Oenanthe finschii
Arabic Name 
الفقاقة العربية
Kuwaiti name 
15.0 cm
Least Concern


Scarce passage migrant and winter visitor. An Asian specialty, recorded in very small numbers, often out in the desert, especially attracted to rocky escarpments or wadis.
Where in Kuwait 
It is a species of arid desert and found in both open areas and rocky escarpments and hills in SAANR and in the south near Khiran
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. It breeds in semi-desert and stony hillsides from Turkey east to Afghanistan and western Pakistan. It is a short-distance migrant, wintering in Egypt and the Greater Middle East. In summer the male Finsch's Wheatear is a white and black bird. The tail and rump are white, with an inverted black T giving a pattern like Black-eared Wheatear, but with a uniformly wide terminal band.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation