Capped Wheatear

Oenanthe pileata

This striking wheatear is a common sighting at recently burnt grasslands such as those often occuring in Suikerbosrand and Rietvlei Nature Reserves in Gauteng. Although the adults are easy to separate from similar species, the juvenile can cause a good deal of confusion (so study them carefully before thinking you have seen a rare vagrant).

I first recorded this species in May 2010 at Rietvlei Nature Reserve near Irene.


Capped Wheatear / Devon Farmlands, Gauteng, South Africa / 02 June 2020 Kgomo-Kgomo-408 Kgomo-Kgomo-427 Kgomo-Kgomo-480-BEST Kgomo-Kgomo-400-BEST Kgomo-Kgomo-433 Capped Wheatear / Eendracht Road, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 12 July 2015 Kgomo-Kgomo-494-2 Kgomo-Kgomo-407 Capped Wheatear / Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa / 06 September 2014 Capped Wheatear / Devon Farmlands, South Africa / 02 May 2015 (edited) Capped Wheater (juvenile) / Agulhas Plains, Western Cape, South Africa / 29 December 2014 Capped Wheatear / Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa / 06 September 2014 Capped Wheatear / Dullstroom, South Africa / 27 May 2011 Capped Wheater (juvenile) / Agulhas Plains, Western Cape, South Africa / 29 December 2014 Capped Wheatear / Eendracht Road, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 12 August 2011
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