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Set B4 - Bird Portraits - card information

16. Wheatear

16. Wheatear

The wheatear is among the earliest of the summer visitors to arrive in Britain, but may be found only in those areas which suit it - downland, rocky hillsides, cliff headlands, and coastal sand dunes. It is a restless bird, constantly on the move, displaying a conspicuous white rump when in flight. Insects and small worms are its chief food. It nest in holes in rocks and walls or, if it lives in the sand dunes, a rabbit-burrow is used. Wheatears leave Britain in August and September, but a few have been known to linger until November.