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(Barnes WWT March / April 2009)
This Male od this species is most easilly reconised by the long tail which is, often held vertically, white black capped head and the striking blue bill, which widens and rises at the base.
The Female has a pale face with cheek-stripes and a dark cap. The bill is almost black and less bulky.
Resident in Spain, Algeria and Tunisia, with a larger population in Russia.