French: Traquet de Finsch German: Felsensteinschmätzer Spanish: Collalba de Finsch
Subspecies and Distribution
O. f. finschii
(Heuglin, 1869) – Asia Minor and Levant (including extreme N Israel) E to NW & SW Iran (E to W Elburz and Zagros Mts); non-breeding also coastal E Mediterranean and Middle East.
O. f. barnesi
(Oates, 1890) – E Turkey (where most are intergrades with nominate#R), S & E Caucasus, NE & E Iran (from E Elburz Mts) and W Turkmenistan E to SC Kazakhstan, E Afghanistan and W Pakistan; non-breeding also Mesopotamia and SW Asia.
14 cm; 22–32 g. Rather stocky and large-headed. Breeding male nominate race is white from crown (sometimes stained buff-grey) to tail, latter with black central... read more
Song, by both sexes (mostly by male, often in descending zigzag display-flight), a series of... read more
Breeds in rocky sloping country, and particularly limestone canyons and ravines, in and at bases of... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, especially ants and beetles, also seeds and other vegetable material. Stomachs of 31 birds from SW Iran, Jun–Jul and (... read more
From Apr in W of range, to Jul in Armenia; May–Jun in Caucasus and C Asia, but reportedly as early as mid-Feb in SC Asia (but not... read more
Migrant, partial migrant and, in S of breeding range, probably sedentary or making short-distance... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. In c. 2000 total European population judged to be 100,000–310,000 pairs and considered generally stable. Uncommon in Caucasus and C Asia;... read more
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