A passing migrant (spring: March – April, autumn: August – September) through Cyprus and the Akamas peninsula. The commonest Wheatear species during the migration periods, it can be seen in a variety of (mainly open) habitats, mostly at lowland to semi-mountainous areas. It’s often seen in gatherings of several individuals, although they are not in flocks. They can be seen together with other Wheatear species as well. They are usually seen moving with quick hops on the ground, looking for food (mainly insects and caterpillars) or sitting on the top of low bushes and herbaceous plants.
It stands with a quite upright body posture. The male has a grey back and top of the head, black wings, tail and a mask-like stripe around and behind the eye. It has a bright white supercilium, rump and body underparts are pinkish-beige.
The female has a browner / greyish brown back and top of the head, no mask and a white, less pronounced supercilium that becomes more beige (in front of the eye). The tail is also black and the body underparts are like the male’s but less brightly colored. In autumn, the young individuals are quite similar to the Isabelline Wheatear, while the adults also show variation in their coloring with less intense colors.