By Вых Пыхманн (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Europe, Asia and Africa. A long-distance migrant, breeding in southern Europe and north Africa then eastwards patchily to Mongolia and spending the winter in sub-saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent.
A pale-morph bird toured Ireland and reached Orkney from March 1999 to June 2000. Because of the bird's abraded plumage, the early arrival date, the protracted stay, the long sea crossings involved and also because, though rare in captivity, some are kept, the bird was placed in category D and subsequently moved to E.