Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens
(aka Abyssinian Wheatear Oenanthe lugens lugubris)
Mourning Wheatear, Jemma River, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image

January 2016

The Mourning Wheatear is distributed from northern Africa through the Middle East to Iran with disjunct populations in the Horn of Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. The sub-species O. l. lugubris, also known as the Abyssinian Wheatear, is endemic to the Horn of Africa.

Mourning Wheatear, Lalibela, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image There are a variety of plumage differences among the 8 sub-species. Compare, for example, the sub-species known as the Maghreb Wheatear O. l. halophila of Morocco.

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