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  Order Passeriformes
   Suborder Passeres - Oscines (Song Birds)
      Parvorder Passerida (Superfamily Muscicapoidea)
         Family Muscicapidae - Old World Flycatchers
            "Chats" - Tribe Saxicolini

  Passerines are generally smaller than non-passerines. They have a perching foot with three toes directed forward and the one backward with locking tendons to facilitate perching when their tendons are flexed. All passerines scratch by bringing the foot over the wing. Incubation ranges from 11 -21 days. Young hatch blind with little or no down and spend 10-15 days or so in the nest - development is rapid and parents provide care beyond fledging.
Oscines are passerines with complex syringeal musculature used to produce varied vocalizations. 
Muscicapids include waxwings, dippers, thrushes, Old World flycatchers, starlings, and mimids.
Old World Flycatchers are small insectivores. Most capture prey on the wing. They have 10 primaries and the juvenile plumage is usually spotted.
Chats are Old World insectivorous birds. Most are ground feeders with a slender tarsus and unspotted juvenile plumage. Current consensus places them in the Muscicapidae rather than Turdidae.
     
     
  Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe
 
   USGS      Wiki     EoL
        OCCURRENCE? -  Accidental
            OPEN STONY COUNTRY - OLD WORLD
 
 
   The Northern Wheatear is a slim, small bird (smaller than a bluebird). It is a cinnamon-buff below, gray on the back with darker wings and a dark tail tip. In flight, the white rump and tail base are conspicuous. The adult male in breeding plumage also has a black mask extending from the bill, through the eye, and to the auricular region of the cheek. Its song is an unpatterned warbling. It combines whistles with dry toneless phrases. This is a Eurasian species that breeds in Alaska and upper portions of Yukon and along the Arctic Islands south to Labrador. It inhabits dry, rocky tundra. It is a transoceanic migrant wintering in Africa and Asia. 
   The wheatear may actually be an Old World Flycatcher (Muscicapidae) rather than a thrush...
 
       
  NOTES:
   Avendex: 1 record. Charleston, October 1, 1960
   Potter: Rare accidental southward to Louisiana, Cuba, and Bermuda. There is a sight record for Charleston in October, 1960, and several inland records.
  ●  Don't expect it on Seabrook. Accidental.
   
   
   
   
   
   
       
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