[sic] Temminck, 1823,
Iraklion, north Crete, Greece.
Original species name likely an unintended misspelling, but original description yields no internal evidence to this effect; emendation to “rueppelli” (as in HBW) therefore unjustified#R. Monotypic.
Extreme S mainland Greece, the Peleponnese, Crete, some of larger islands in Aegean Sea (e.g. Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Kos), irregularly Rhodes; also W & S Turkey (locally around Sea of Marmara and N fringe of Central Plateau, more commonly W Anatolia and Mediterranean coast E to Gulf of Iskenderun); marginally, NW Syria. Winters mainly in narrow strip of C & E Sahel (mostly Chad and Sudan).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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