This species is poorly known. Elongated-bodied (L 15 cm), looks grey pale with long and powerful yellow-orange bill and pale supercilium in front of eye. Relatively shy and keeps concealed within foliage. Common in open deciduous wood, often in oak forest and olive groves. The diet includes insects. Migrant.
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The numbers in the EU are unlikely to be more than 10,000 breeding pairs. The main habitat of dense or open woodland that the species occupies is probably not currently threatened, except perhaps by local building developments e.g. for tourism, and by fires. However, agricultural intensification in olive-groves and the use of pesticides against forest pests may well have detrimental effects.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
5,000 / 10,000 pairs
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