Oenanthe oenanthe

The Northern Wheatear’s scientific name is Oenanthe oenanthe. It means ‘Flower of the Vine’ in Ancient Greek.

Wheatear - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Its binomial name is a lot simpler than the descriptive name Linnaeus gave it originally, which was “Motacilla dorso cano, fronte alba, oculorum fascia nigra”. Personally I prefer its Anglo Saxon name, which is White Arse.

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