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thrush, bird, common name for members of the Turdidae, a large family of birds found in most parts of the world and noted for their beautiful song. The majority are modestly colored, with spotted underparts, in either the young or the adult stage, although some have bright plumage. Among these are the American robin, Turdus migratorius, largest of the thrushes, and the Eastern bluebird, Sialia sialis, bright blue with a red breast. Other thrushes found in North America are the wood, olive-backed, and gray-cheeked thrushes, the solitaire, and the veery, or Wilson's, thrush. The hermit thrush, a shy forest dweller, is the finest singer. The European “blackbird,” the nightingale, the missel thrush, the stonechat, and the wheatear are thrushes. Thrushes are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Turdidae.
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any bird of the genus Oenanthe, family Turdidae (thrushes). Its size is that of a sparrow to that of a starling. It has a thin beak that is broad at the base and strong, long legs.

Wheatears are found in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. They inhabit open places in plains or mountains. They move along the ground by hopping. Their nests are built in ravines, rock streams, crevices in cliffs, buildings, and old rodent burrows. Wheatears are insectivorous migratory birds. A clutch contains four to eight light blue eggs. In the USSR there are seven species. The common wheatear (O. oenanthe) is found almost everywhere throughout the country. The desert wheatear (O. deserti), black-eared wheatear (O. hispánica), Isabelline wheatear (O. isabellina), Indian pied wheatear (O. picata), (O. finschii), and red-rumped wheatear (O. xanthoprymna) are found in the southern part of the European USSR (including the Caucasus), Kazakhstan, Middle Asia, and Southern Siberia.


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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)
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Wheatear is a corruption of "white rear", which reflects the large white rump which is obvious when the bird takes to the air.
The Northern Wheatear is a species of Old World origin that breeds in open country and in cold and hot treeless habitats throughout Eurasia and south to about 30[degrees]N in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula (Kren and Zoerb, 1997; Cramp, 1998).
Among other twenty-plusers are the yellowhammer, the nightjar--another Hardy star as the dewfall-hawk--and the wheatear.
The bird is a desert wheatear, which is a rare vagrant to this country in autumn.
This was anything but unprepossessing to a Hume's Wheatear for whom "mountain slopes and ...boulder strewn barren hills with scant vegetation" are bread and butter.
And that was enough to get scores of twitchers lining up on the esplanade, eager to snap the first Pied Wheatear recorded on Teesside for 22 years, and only the second one ever.
In the meantime, we've compiled a Stumpy XI - with a healthy Boro contingent - which would give any team a run for their money: Goalkeeper: Dave Pheasant; Defenders: Dan Gosling, Parrot Southgate, David Wheatear and Dickie Rooks; Midfield: Craig Cygnet, Raheem Starling, Chris Eagles and Swan Mata; Striker: Bernie Raven and, Mikkel Peck; Subs: Uwe Clucks, Gareth Quail and Viktor Kingfischer; Managers: Goose Hiddink/Louis van Gull/ Manuel Peregrin-i
A late Greenland wheatear was at Porth Nobla on the 20th.
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This wheatear was spotted at South Gare by Brian Elliott |of Billingham
A reader in Llandudno Junction spotted a redwing in his garden at the weekend, another early winter arrival; it was sharing the ground-space with a late-running wheatear, itself a garden rarity.
Of those species surveyed the worst performers are snipe, meadow pipit, brambling, willow tit, lapwing, thrush, nightingale, wood warbler, nutcracker, northern wheatear and lesser spotted woodpecker.