French: Iranie à gorge blanche German: Weißkehlsänger Spanish: Petirrojo de Irán
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Asia Minor, S Caucasus and Levant E to Iran, and from S Kazakhstan and Tajikistan to W & N Afghanistan; possibly also C Uzbekistan#R; winters in NE & E Africa.
15–17 cm; 18–30 g. Male is slaty blue-grey from crown to rump and wings, with black tail; black face to malar region and neck side set between narrow white... read more
Song, sometimes in flight, a loud melodious vigorous warbling, sustained for c. 10 seconds with... read more
Breeds in semi-desert, mountain steppe, stony arid hillsides with scrub patches, scrubby valleys,... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates and fruit. Of 58 invertebrates from stomachs of breeding birds, in Armenia, 56% were beetles (Dermestidae, Carabidae,... read more
May–Jun in Caucasus and C Asia; apparently single-brooded. Local densities can be high: eleven nests in gorge were 80–200 m... read more
Migratory; winters in Africa from Eritrea S to Tanzania. Leaves breeding grounds in far E of range... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. In 2000 Turkish population judged to be 410,000–920,000 pairs, and considered generally stable. Generally common in Caucasus and C Asia.... read more
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