Species Details


Desert Wheatear Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Saxicola torquatus
Family : Muscicapidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Coast
Description : The Desert Wheatear is a small, sandy-brown passerine with a noticeable white rump and black tail (length 15 cm, weight 20 g, wing 10 cm, bill 1.8 cm, tarsus 2.6 cm, tail 6.8 cm). In the breeding season, the male has a sandy-brown crown, nape and mantle contrasting with black wings, a white rump and an almost all black tail, obvious in flight. It has a black throat and sides of the head, with a narrow whitish supercilium, and pale buff underparts. The non-breeding male has its ear-coverts and throat speckled black and whitish, and has broad whitish or buff fringes to its wing-coverts and tertials. The breeding female looks like a nonbreeding male but the crown and mantle are a colder grey-brown. The non-breeding female lacks any black on the ear-coverts and throat. It feeds on insects including beetles. It breeds in Tibet and western China in May-July.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Sharmin Rahman,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: copper (www.inaturalist.org/people/copper ),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Doug Newmanmore information, please contact us.