Bluethroat

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Common Name: Bluethroat
Scientific Name: Luscinia svecica

Size: 5.1-5.5 inches (13-14.5 cm); Wingspan: 7.9-10.6 inches (20-27 cm)

Habitat: Europe, Asia, Africa and North America; a migratory species breeding in Europe and Asia with a foothold in western Alaska. It winters in North Africa and the Indian Subcontinent.

Its preferred habitat is in wet birch woodlands or bushy swamps.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: 2,000,000 individuals. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Diet: Insects.

Nesting: It is plain brown above except for the distinctive black tail with red side patches. It has a strong white supercilium. The male has a blue bib edged below with successive black, white and rust colored borders. Some races, such as L. svecica svecica (Red-spotted Bluethroat) of northern Eurasia, have a brownish-red spot in the center of the blue bib. Others, such as L. svecica cyanecula (White-spotted Bluethroat) of southern and central Europe, have a white spot in the center of the blue bib. L. svecica magna in Turkey has no central spot. Females of all races usually have just a blackish crescent on an otherwise cream throat and breast. Newly fledged juveniles are freckled and spotted dark brown above.

It nests in tussocks or low in dense bushes.

Cool Facts: Despite the distinctive appearance of the males in different regions, recent genetic studies show only limited variation between the forms, and confirm that this is a single species.


Found in Songbird Remix Woodland Jewels

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