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Variable Wheatear Oenanthe picata   - Behaviour
Variable Wheatear
Photographer : © Jaysukh Parekh “Suman”
Location :Kutch, Gujarat, India
Date : 13 September 2017
English synonyms:Capped Wheatear, Eastern Pied Wheatear, Pied Chat, Pied Wheatear
Bird Family :Saxicolini - Robins, Nightingales, Chats, Shamas, Redstarts, Grandala, Forktails, Cochoas & Wheatears
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :In October 2009 I observed a male Variable Wheatear trying to enter a gap in a wall made of stone without cement plaster. On 13 September 2017 I observed that process once more at the same place. The wall was about 200 metres long and 1 metre broad. The bird was trying the enter a gap every five to seven metres, sometimes staying in the gap for a little, then coming out and continuing the procedure in the same direction. It could have been in search of insects or other food, or it could have been searching for a nesting place. - JPS

The nearest known breeding area is Kashmir. - Ed.

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