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Alternative names: Rufous Nightingale; Western Nightingale
A grey-brown chat (16 - 17cm)
 Similar Species
Breeds in southern England and from Iberia and France east to central Poland, Hungary, the Balkans and Greece, also in the Ukraine, Caucasus and northern Turkey, and parts of the Middle East. Breeds on most larger Mediterranean islands and the coastal strip of North-West Africa. First breeding for Malta was in 1995.
Clements1 accepts three subspecies:
The races differ only slightly in colour and size. They are not always separable.
The habitat is varying through the range of this species. In W and N Europe it prefers open woodland with thickets, usually near water. In S Europe also dry maquis, edges of broadleaf forest without water or pinewoods with rich undergrowth are taken.2
The diet includes insects.
The male sings at night.
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