Red-breasted wheatear

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Red-breasted wheatear
In Ethiopia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Oenanthe
Species: O. bottae
Binomial name
Oenanthe bottae
(Bonaparte, 1854)

The red-breasted wheatear (Oenanthe bottae) is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae. It is also known as Botta's wheatear or buff-breasted wheatear. Heuglin's wheatear (O. heuglini) was formerly included in this species but is now usually regarded as a separate species.


Resembles the larger and darker northern wheatear, but with a duller reddish breast and broader black tail tip. Sexes are alike.

Range and habitat[edit]

It is found in Eritrea, Ethiopia, south-west Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland. It is most common at altitudes over 1800 m.