Black back, wings, and throat; white crown and underparts; orange undertail; white wing patches visible in flight. Distinguished from the hooded wheatear by its white breast (black does not extend below throat). Females and juveniles are paler. The black morph of the same species has a black crown and belly, an adaptation to its habitat.
Builds a stone platform at the nest’s entrance.
Mourning wheatears feed on ground insects and seeds.
Stony regions in southwestern Jordan, including Petra. Nests in rock crevices. The black morph occurs in the Basalt Desert.