A monotypic genus, with a very fragmented distribution
across Eurasia from Spain (also north-west Africa) as far as Pakistan, including Iraq, Armenia, recently Turkiye
and Kazakhstan. Everywhere local, populations are in decline except in Spain and Northern Morocco, resulting
in a near-threatened status. Birds migrate south and west after breeding and there have been records in the UK, but
due to popularity in collections they aren't accepted as wild. The middle photo is a bird which was one of two in
north Norfolk in spring, many observers believe these to have been wild. The right hand shot was taken in Morocco,
others in captivity.
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