Mainly migratory species that breeds occasionally in Cyprus (including Akamas peninsula). It’s the first species of the family to arrive on the island on early spring (about mid-March) and departs in autumn (late August – early September). It overwinters in a relatively wide zone south of Sahara and migrates – breeds in north Africa, mainly southern Europe and parts of the Middle East.
Like other members of the family it has similar habits, perching on top of bushes or trees scanning its area for potential prey. It prefers slightly more open areas with plenty of sparse trees.
It has black and white upper side with characteristic red cap and black mask along the eyes and forehead. Throat and belly are white.