[ edit] Identification
Grey head with a dark mask
[ edit] Similar Species
[ edit] Distribution
Europe, and in western and central Asia. Accidental to Alaska with one record.
[ edit] Taxonomy
[ edit] Subspecies
There are 6 subspecies
Plains of lower Volga to eastern Kazakstan (Lake Zaysan) and western Altai
Mountains of Balkan Peninsula to western Iran and Caucasus Mountains
S. c. jaxartica (snigirewskii):
Plains of southern Transcaspia
[ edit] Habitat
Open country and cultivation, with large bushes for nesting and some trees.
[ edit] Behaviour
Diet includes insects, berries and other soft fruit.
[ edit] Breeding
The nest is built in low shrub or brambles, and 3-7 eggs are laid.
[ edit] Vocalisation
Listen in an external program
[ edit] References
Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
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