This relative of the European Robin nests across Eurasia, can sometimes be found in small numbers in North America, and overwinters in Africa.
The common name of this bird species comes from the Old English wheat-ears or “white-arse”. It nests in open rocky country across Eurasia, eastwards into Alaska. A few individuals have been recorded in Atlantic Coast states in the USA as well.
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Wheatears are known for their distinctive white rumps and inverted black T-shape on their tails. Males are high contrast with white, grey, black and muted rust, while females are low contrast, more light brownish.
This WHITE little plant completely lacks chlorophyll and is often mistaken for a fungus or mushroom. In truth, it is a parasite of fungi that feed on tree roots, and is often found in the shade beneath beech or maple trees.