Monday, 8 July 2013
EURASIAN NUTHATCH (Sitta europaea) Los Quejigales, Parque Natural Sierra de Las Nieves, Málaga, Spain
Labels: Aves de España, Birds of Europe, Birds of Spain, Eurasian Nuthatch, Los Quejigales, Nuthatches, Parque Natural, passerines, Sierra de Las Nieves, Sitta, Sitta europaea, Spanish Birds
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
EUROPEAN STONECHAT (Saxicola rubicola subspecies S. r. .rubicola) male at Dehesa de Abajo, Sevilla, Spain
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The European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) is of the chat family Muscicapidae which is in the genus Saxicola. Preferred habitats include rough grassland, sand dunes and heathland where it is typically seen perched on brambles, gorse or shrubs within the breeding area.
In the temperate part of its range, nesting commences in late March and up to three broods are raised. It is a partial migrant. Populations from the colder regions move to spend the winter in southern Europe and northern Africa. Successive hard winters, as was the case in 2009/10 and 2010/11 caused severe losses in the mainly sedentary northwestern populations.
There are two subspecies generally recognised:
Patrick J. O'Keeffe / Raw Birds