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Ian Fulton | profile | all galleries >> African Galleries >> Namibia (and a little of Botswana) >> Namibia Birds - Individual Species Gallery >> Mountain Chat tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

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Mountain Chat

(oenanthe monticola)
The Mountain Chat (or Mountain Wheatear) is endemic to SW Africa. It has a rather confusing range of plumage patterns, males varying from black to a very pale grey, some with white caps and some with black. All have a white rump, white tail feathers and a white wing patch. It is quite common within its range usually being found on rocky hillsides. This bird was photographed by the big granite boulder caves on track behind Spitzkoppe.
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