- any of several small, chiefly Old World thrushes of the genus Oenanthe, having a distinctive white rump, especially O. oenanthe, of Eurasia and North America.
Origin of wheatear
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As a matter of fact, the winter home of the wheatear is Africa.Highways & Byways in Sussex
It is approached in delicacy by our Wheatear, which is termed the English Ortolan.Eccentricities of the Animal Creation.
The migrations of the Wheatear are practically coincident in date.
The migrations of the Wheatear must be performed very quickly.
One would not expect to find a wheatear in a wood, or a wren in a reed-bed.Birds in Flight
W. P. Pycraft
- any small northern songbird of the genus Oenanthe, esp O. oenanthe, a species having a pale grey back, black wings and tail, white rump, and pale brown underparts: subfamily Turdinae (thrushes)
C16: back formation from wheatears (wrongly taken as plural), probably from white + arse; compare Dutch witstaart, French culblanc white tail
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Word Origin and History for wheatear
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