Capped Wheatear

Scientific Name:
Oenanthe pileata
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Capped Wheatear

The Capped Wheatear (Oenanthe pileata) is a small bird species found in parts of Africa, particularly in southern and eastern regions.


Capped Wheatears are typically found in semi-arid and arid habitats, including open grasslands, scrublands, rocky slopes, and desert areas. They prefer areas with sparse vegetation and rocky outcrops, where they can forage for insects and other small prey on the ground. These wheatears are often seen in open habitats with scattered shrubs and bushes, where they can perch and scan for prey.


Capped Wheatears are small to medium-sized birds, measuring approximately 15 to 17 centimeters (6 to 7 inches) in length. They have a relatively slender build with a long tail, short wings, and a distinctive black cap on the head, which contrasts with the pale throat and breast. Their plumage is predominantly grayish-brown, with paler underparts and bold black markings on the wings and tail. Best Viewing The best places to view Capped Wheatears are in their native habitats within their range. Look for them in semi-arid and arid regions, including grasslands, scrublands, rocky slopes, and desert areas where they are commonly found. These wheatears are often seen perched on rocks or low vegetation, where they scan for prey and display their distinctive plumage.