A passing migrant (spring: March – April, autumn: September – October) through Cyprus and the Akamas peninsula. It is often observed in small groups of few, scattered individuals and singly, in open areas with scattered trees and bushes.
It perches on the tops of herbaceous plants, on bushes and low trees mainly, from where it scans its territory and hunts insects it feeds on. The male, in spring, has a prominent dark head and cheek with a distinct, characteristic white supercilium. Its throat and chest are bright orange, while the belly gradually turns white. Its nape, back and tail are brown with dark markings, its wings are darker with a small white patch on the side and its tail is black.
The female is similar with less light brown head and cheek, beige supercilium, absence of white wing patch, more brown instead of black wings and distinctly less bright orange throat and breast.