The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Mountain Wheatear / Mountain Chat

Afrikaans name: Bergwagter

Mountain Wheatear

Male Mountain Wheatear

Photo © Steven Herbert

Oenanthe monticola

The Mountain Wheatear, also known as the Mountain Chat, is only found in South Africa and Namibia, although their range extends into south-west Angola.

Their preferred habitat is rocky hillsides with some bushes. They can often be seen perched on rocks in these areas.

They will feed on most insects that they can find as well as spiders and centipedes.

Female Mountain Wheatears are responsible for making the nest. This is an untidy structure which is made from a variety of dry materials. It is normally placed in a crack in the rocks or underneath an overhanging rock. They have also been known to make use of man-made structures like pipes. They have an extended breeding season from around June to March. The female incubates the 2 to 4 eggs while the male protects their territory. Both parents feed the chicks.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 160

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 35

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 234

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 99

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 324

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 306

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 513

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 508

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 396

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 386

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 318

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 318

LBJs - Author: Newman, Johnson, Solomon, Masterson - Published: 1998 - Page: 62

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 230

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 158

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 78

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 57

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 189

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 91

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 166

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 77

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 166

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 205

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 68

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 68

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 226


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