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Scientific classification
Order: Passeriformes
Family†: Turdidae
† see also: Turdidae for other
members of the Thrush family

The wheatears, genus Oenanthe , are members of the Thrush family Turdidae. This is an Old World group, but the Northern Wheatear has established a foothold in eastern Canada and Greenland.

They are terrestrial insectivorous passerine birds of open, often dry, country . They often nest in rock crevices or disused burrows.

Northern species are long-distance migrants, wintering in Africa.

Wheatears are typically larger than the European robin. Most species have characteristic black and white or red and white markings on their long tails.

The wheatear species are:

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