Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe Scientific name definitions

Erica H. Dunn, David J. T. Hussell, Josef Kren, and Amelia C. Zoerb
Version: 2.1 — Published October 25, 2022

About the Author(s)


Erica Dunn (Ph.D. University of Michigan) had an eclectic career ranging from work at non-profits to university teaching and government research, ending as a Research Scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. Much of her work focused on citizen science, including founding of Project FeederWatch and analyzing results from broad-scale citizen science surveys. She is a Past President of the American Ornithological Society (formerly American Ornithologists' Union), and served on committees for Birds of North America from its inception until two years prior to the launch of Birds of the World. Her exposure to wheatears came from assisting her late husband (David Hussell) with his field work on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. Current address: c/o Birds Canada, Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada N0E 1M0. Email: EricaHDunn@gmail.com.

David Hussell earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan with a thesis on clutch size of Arctic passerines on Devon Island, Nunavut. Following his ornithological career as Executive Director of the Long Point Bird Observatory (now Birds Canada) and Research Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, he returned to the Arctic at age 73 for 8 years of studying the Northern Wheatear on Baffin Island. He died in 2015 before he could revise this species account, but left meticulous field records and data compilations that constitute most of the North America-specific information included here.

Josef Kren, lead author of the previous version of this account, studied the biology of several species of wheatears, primarily in Russia and Israel. A native of the Czech Republic, he earned his doctor of science degree from Jan Evangelista Purkyne University, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska. He has taught at the Bryan College of Health Sciences since 2006 and currently works on effects of endocrine disruptors on avian vocalization. He is a coauthor of the Birds of the World Orchard Oriole account.

Amelia Claire Zoerb, a native of Nebraska, co-authored the previous version of this account while a graduate student at University of Nebraska.

Recommended Citation

Dunn, E. H., D. J. T. Hussell, J. Kren, and A. C. Zoerb (2022). Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), version 2.1. In Birds of the World (P. G. Rodewald and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.norwhe.02.1