A new bird species record for Turkey: Hume’s wheatear (Oenanthe albonigra Hume, 1872)

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Ozdemir Adizel
Erkan Azizoglu
İlhami Kiziroglu


Objective: The aim of this study is to show that Oenanthe albonigra is the new record for the avifauna of Turkey.

Material and Methods: This report includes the first record of Hume’s wheatear in Turkey which has been observed around the Historical Hoşap Castle in Van province. The observations were made out between 2014 and 2016. It is first recorded in 2014. And for 2015 and 2016 field studies have been planned. The field work was carried out in the months of May, June, July, August and September for each year.  Fieldwork was done one day per month. In total, 15 observations were carried out during these three years 

Results: The species Hume’s wheatear was observed for the first time inside the borders of Turkey in June 2014. The first detection of the species was achieved at Hoşap Castle, which belongs to the Gürpınar district of Van province. At the first encounter, two pairs (four individuals) were seen. The species was seen at 11 locations in total. The species were observed in the area in the period between May and September each year. In total, 6 individuals were recorded in 2015, and 10 individuals were recorded in 2016

Conclusion: By this study, it was revealed that the species Hume’s wheatear was detected during the observations in Van province for the first time in Turkey. Therefore, this species is a new record for birds of Turkey. The number of bird species in Turkey has been increased to 513 by this result. As a result of these observations, it was concluded that the species is a Summer Migrant for the area, and they incubate.  


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Adizel, O., Azizoglu, E., & Kiziroglu, İlhami . (2017). A new bird species record for Turkey: Hume’s wheatear (Oenanthe albonigra Hume, 1872). Natural Science and Discovery, 3(3), 44–47. Retrieved from https://natscidiscovery.com/index.php/nsd/article/view/56
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