A winter visitor to Cyprus and the Akamas peninsula. It’s a quite common, usually solitary bird, seen in a variety of habitats, mainly at rocky sites, from sea level up to the higher elevations.
It’s often very brave, can get close to a human if it doesn’t feel threatened. It perches usually in visible spots, bush or small tree tops, rocks and on the ground. It searches for food mainly on the ground, which consists primarily by insects.
It has a characteristic upright posture with consistent tail shake. It’s small, slightly larger and seemingly slenderer than a Robin.It has a dark greyish-black body, white patch on each wing above and reddish tail for the male. The female is similar, with lighter grey-brownish body, without the white patch on the wings and with also a reddish tail.