Other Names: none
Distribution: west and central Asia from Turkey to Afghanistan; east Africa in winter.
Size: 16-17 cm in length with a 27-30 cm wingspan.
Plumage: Both sexes have a characteristic combination of a rather long black tail, white vent, and red to orange lower flanks.
Breeding males have a distinctive black face contrasting with a white throat, narrow white eyebrow stripe, dark blue-grey uppersides, and rich brick red to orange chest. Females are drab brown apart from a black tail, hints of orange on the flanks, and some white streaks on the throat.