Pied Wheatear (Female)
Pied Wheatear (Immature male)
Pied Wheatear (Male breeding plumage)
Pied Wheatear (Male pale-throated form)
Scientific Name 
Oenanthe pleschanka
Arabic Name 
الفقاقة البقعاء
Kuwaiti name 
فقاقة زيانية
16.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Very common passage migrant and rare winter visitor. A widespread black-and-white wheatear of the Eurasian steppes. Widely seen throughout Kuwait on migration, sometimes in passing groups; up to 40 seen at Al-Abraq in mid March 2000.
Where in Kuwait 
On migration it prefers trees and bushes and prefers slightly less arid country. It is found in the west, as well as in and around coastal zones along the lenght of the coast and also around inland pools in Jahra area
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. This migratory central Asiatic wheatear occurs from the extreme southeast of Europe to China, and has been found wintering in India and northeastern Africa. It is generally an insectivorous bird, but will supplement its diet with fruit and berries if food is sparse
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation