Isabelline Wheatear (Summer)
Isabelline Wheatear (Winter)
Isabelline Wheatear
Scientific Name 
Oenanthe isabellina
Arabic Name 
الأبلق الرملي
Kuwaiti name 
16.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Very common passage migrant and winter visitor. Very frequently observed in a variety of habitats, typically seen on dry ground. Stands tall with elegant upright posture. During passage large numbers are seen, up to 50 in mid March 2000 at Khiran.
Where in Kuwait 
A ground-dwelling bird that prefers open arid plains and favours level or gently sloping terrain that is open with a few isolated shrubs or rocks. As such it can generally be found in desert areas and farmlands and is the most common of the Wheatear species on passage
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 is the largest of the Oenanthe species and is a migratory insectivorous bird and breeds in southern Russia and central Asia to Northern Pakistan, wintering in Africa and India. The term isabelline refers to the colouration. It nests in the burrow of a rodent or in a natural hole
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation