A passing migrant (spring: March – April, autumn: September – October) through Cyprus and the Akamas peninsula. A common Wheatear species during the migration seasons, it’s observed in a variety of (mainly open and rocky) habitats, mostly from the lowland to semi-mountainous areas.
It frequently perches in prominent spots, mostly on rocks, low bushes and trees, using them for resting or as a post to spot and hunt insects it feeds on. The male is black and white, with a whitish (often beige-tinged) crown, triangular shaped neck and upper back, and lower body. It has a black throat, interrupted by a narrow white stripe with black wings, a black tail with large white sides that do not reach its end.
Some males instead of the large black on the throat have only a thin black mask – stripe along the eyes. The female does not have as intense black on the body and has a more ‘dirty’ beige instead of white on the body.