Kurdistan Wheatear (Female)
Kurdistan Wheatear (Male)
Kurdistan Wheatear (Female)
Kurdistan Wheatear (Male)
Scientific Name 
Oenanthe xanthoprymna
Arabic Name 
فقاقة كردستان
Kuwaiti name 
15.0 cm
Least Concern
Kuwait Specialty


Scarce passage migrant. A Middle Eastern specialty with a remarkably restricted range. It is related to Red-tailed Wheatear, both were formerly considered races within one species. Often seen singly or in very small groups.
Where in Kuwait 
Its preferred habitat is open hillsides and scrubby, semi-desert regions and most records are from the south of the country near Khiran
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a population that is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. The breeding range of this species covers the Middle East, south-east Turkey, northern Iraq, western Iran, parts of the former USSR and south east Asia. It moves southwards in winter to southern Iran, the Arabian Peninsula. The Red-tailed Wheatear (O. chrysopygia) was formerly considered a subspecies of this bird but is now often regarded as a separate species
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation and indiscriminate shooting