Uncommon to fairly common summer migrant to warmer regions from winter grounds in Africa and Iberia. Favors semiopen habitats such as heathland, farmland, orchards, grassy lawns, where it feeds on the ground, probing with its long bill for insects. Long crest usually held closed, but often raised just after landing. Flight fast and fairly direct, with rather deep wingbeats. Unlikely to be confused, but compare to Eurasian Jay, the only other fairly large pink bird likely to be seen in Europe.