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8" (20 cm) Starling-sized
Moist woodlands close to open fields with tall shrubs; also old and overgrown orchards.
The nest can be found in a low tree branch. The clutch consists of 4 or 5 purple-spotted whitish eggs which are laid in a loosely made nest of twigs, grass, and plant fibers.
A large part of its diet consists of potato beetles and larvae as well as weed seeds, wild fruits, and buds.
Call: its distinctive call note is a sharp, penetrating, metallic eek-eek
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