The common name of this bird species actually has nothing to do with wheat or an ear, but comes from the Old English ‘white‘ (wheat) and ‘arse‘ (ear). Both the male and female have this distinctive bright-white rump, as well as a contrasting black upside-down T on their tails, best visible in flight.
See if you can make out these features in these videos below, and also get familiar with the sexual dimorphism in this species — the difference in coloration between male and female — apart from the white rump and black on the tail.
Learn more about this species using any or all of the following resources, according to your preferred learning styles.
No matter which method you choose, you can easily take notes and save them for later using the FREE editable, customizable, downloadable and printable Bird Species Document Creator Activity!
When you feel more familiar with this species, try some or all of these activities:
1. Take the Species Quiz
2. Create & share your own Species Brief
4. Fill out one of the species profile spreads in your printed Jo Bird Journal
5. Post the Square2share on social media to see if your friends know this species, and perhaps teach them a bit about it. Teaching SOLIDIFIES learning!
6. Add the Square2share or other images and profiles to a folder on your device or in Google Drive, in order to later test your memory of species you’ve learned
If you’d like to discuss this or other species with fellow bird lovers, or share your photos, observations, or questions, I invite you to do so on the BIRDS: Nature and Science Facebook page, or on the Stream tab of the Google Classroom (class code = qy37ohy).
See you there! <<sound of feathers>>