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Mountain Wheatear / Mountain Chat

Afrikaans name: Bergwagter

Mountain Wheatear

Male Mountain Wheatear

Photo © Steven Herbert

Oenanthe monticola

The Mountain Wheatear, also known as the Mountain Chat, is only found in South Africa and Namibia, although their range extends into south-west Angola.

Their preferred habitat is rocky hillsides with some bushes. They can often be seen perched on rocks in these areas.

They will feed on most insects that they can find as well as spiders and centipedes.

Female Mountain Wheatears are responsible for making the nest. This is an untidy structure which is made from a variety of dry materials. It is normally placed in a crack in the rocks or underneath an overhanging rock. They have also been known to make use of man-made structures like pipes. They have an extended breeding season from around June to March. The female incubates the 2 to 4 eggs while the male protects their territory. Both parents feed the chicks.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 226

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 68

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 68

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 166

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 77

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 166

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 189

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 57

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 78

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 158

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 230

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 318

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 318

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 234

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 386

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 396

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 513

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 508

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 306

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 324

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 99

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1979 - Page: 35

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 160

List of South African Birds

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