Desert Wheatear

      Oenanthe deserti

      Information

      The Desert Wheatear sometimes breeds in very barren and infertile desert areas, where no other wheatear species occurs. The Desert Wheatear is a rare visitor to Europe in late autumn and early winter. It was once even recorded in Switzerland: This individual held out for a few days in the Jura in winter.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      vagrant
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      -
      Migration behaviour
      resident to short-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Nocturnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      14-15
      wing span (cm)
      26-30
      Weight (g)
      17-23
      Nest site
      ground
      Food
      insects, spiders
      Group
      Chats and Thrushes
      Habitat
      various open habitats