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WHEATEAR

The Common Wheatear is the only one of the 5 Wheatears found in the UK that can be regularly seen, with the others (Black-eared, Pied, Desert, Isabelline) being very rare.  The male Wheatear has a pale bluish grey cap and back, black mask on the face, black wings and tail, white underside and a pinkish yellow upper breast.  There are currently 540,000 pairs that visit the UK between March and October.  The first one I saw this year was at Staveley in late April.

Length: 14.5-15.5cm (5¾-6in)

Wingspan: 26-32cm (10-12½in)

Weight: 17-30g (½-1oz)

Average Life: 5 years

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