WHEATEAR

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This el­e­gant chat is a clas­sic March bird in the UK, pass­ing through the south­ern half of the coun­try on its way north and west to the breed­ing grounds. Th­ese early birds are usu­ally of the slightly smaller, paler-breasted sub­species, which in­cludes our Bri­tish breed­ing pop­u­la­tion. Later in the spring, larger, buff-in­fused Green­landnest­ing birds will move through the coun­try on their way north and west. Wheatears are par­tic­u­lar in their habi­tat re­quire­ments and have an amaz­ing abil­ity to pick out suit­able ar­eas of very short-cropped grass (for ex­am­ple grazed by Rab­bits or live­stock), ap­pear­ing on-site in the very early morn­ing. So, good Wheatear ar­eas of­ten get re­peat vis­its in sub­se­quent years. Males have the strik­ing pale blue back and black mask and wings. Fe­males are browner; but both sexes have the strik­ing white rump and black-and-white tail.

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