Recently treated as separate species from C. cyanus, largely on molecular evidence#R#R. Differs in its smaller size, best represented by shorter tail (effect size −2.7; score 2); lack of broad white tail tip (but this may be function of shorter tail; one long-tailed specimen of cooki, BMNH 188.8.131.52, has short white tail tips) (2); pinky-grey vs dove-grey plumage (1); lower-pitched, more rattling grating-call (2); slightly higher-pitched, less harsh and initially burry upslur-call (1)#R; some ecological differences also likely, as it appears more restricted to rural areas than its Asian counterpart, which is frequently found in city parks (ns). Monotypic.
Spain (except N & E) and E & S Portugal.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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