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17â€“18Â·5 cm (6Â¾-7Â¼ in)
Female and young birds: the upperparts are dark grey rather than black, and the duller orange flanks.
Open woodland and cultivated country with large scattered trees.
The nest is built in a tree. The clutch contains 4-7 eggs. They may lay again, especially if the first attempt fails.
Their main diet consists of large insects, such as crickets. They will also eat some small birds, voles and lizards which are impaled on thorns or barbed wire as a "larder".
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