|Low shrubs or brambles.
Mainly insectivorous, but also takes berries and other soft fruit extensively in late summer and autumn.
15.5 - 17 cms.
Adult males are dark grey above with white tips on the wing coverts and
tail feathers, and heavily barred below. The female is similar but
slightly paler and has only light barring. Young birds are buffy
grey-brown above, pale buff below, and have very little barring, with
few obvious distinctive features. The eye has a yellow iris in adults,
dark in immatures; the bill is blackish with a paler base, and the legs
Breeds across temperate regions of central and
eastern Europe and western and central Asia.
This passerine bird is strongly migratory, and
winters in tropical eastern Africa.
3 - 7.