Somali Wheatear Oenanthe phillipsi

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An unusual and distinctive wheatear with a dark throat, face, and chest. The crown is gray in both sexes, but the throat and breast are black in males and gray in females. The tail shows a bold black-and-white “T” pattern that is conspicuous in flight. Found in arid savanna, desert, open thorn scrub, and semidesert. Similar in shape and behavior to other wheatears, but distinguished by the combination of a dark breast and gray crown and back. Calls include whistles and “tik” notes. 

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