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Isabelline Wheatear - Oenanthe isabellina - Чогчоохой - Чогчиго | by Paul B Jones
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Isabelline Wheatear - Oenanthe isabellina - Чогчоохой - Чогчиго

Photographed at dusk in Mongolia's Gun Galuut Nature Reserve with Canon's EF 800mm f5.6 L IS lens.

 

My assumption was that "Isabelline" referenced some early ornithologist or their wife or perhaps a European royal. In fact, Isabelline (also known as Isabella) is a colour variously defined as pale grey-yellow, pale fawn, pale cream-brown or parchment. The word is used primarily to describe animal coat colouring, particularly plumage colour in birds and, in Europe, in horses.

 

Thank you Wikipedia!

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Taken on July 8, 2012