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Europe and Asia, Africa, Middle East
Northern Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt
Vagrants recorded in the British Isles.
There are 3 subspecies:
Four additional subspecies,leucogastra, carmichaellowi, pasiphae and valverdei are not accepted by all authorities.
Coastal scrub, salt marshes, heathland, arid scrubland, open woodland with gorse; riverside shrubs, olive, almond and orchid plantations. Parks and gardens.
It builds its nest in low shrub or brambles, laying 3-6 eggs.
The diet includes insects, but it will also take nectar, berries and other soft fruit.
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