Bluethroat

Luscinia svecica

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)

Code 4

BLUE

Code 6

LUSSVE

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Bluethroat has a very large breeding range of 12,900,000 square kilometers. This includes wet birch forests and brushy swamps in parts of western Europe and Scandinavia east through much of Russia, central Asia, the Caucus region, and western Alaska. It winters in wetlands and brushy habitats in parts of southern Europe, the Sahel region of Africa, parts of northern Africa, the Middle East, and southern Asia. The global breeding population of this bird species is estimated at 2,000,000 individuals. The population trends do not currently meet the decline criteria for inclusion on the IUCN Red List. Therefore, the Bluethroat has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Bluethroat: Small thrush with brown upperparts, striking blue bib with rust-brown central spot, black and brown-orange bands across breast, thick white eyebrow, and white underparts. Tail is dark with rust-brown base. Rather swift, deliberate direct flight on rapidly beating wings.

 

Range and Habitat

Bluethroat: Occurs widely across Europe, Asia and in some parts of North America. Main breeding grounds found in Scandinavia, Russia, Siberia, some parts of west and central Europe, to the Himalayas. Migratory species, overwintering in Africa, Europe, mainly Portugal, the United Arab Emirates, and in some parts of Asia. Spends winters mostly on salt marshes, or around the edges of reed beds.

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Bluethroat SONGS AND CALLS

Bluethroat Q1

"Hweet" calls given in alarm by a male.

Bluethroat Y1

Common call is a harsh "tacc".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"buyt-tock", "ting-ting-ting"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • As Siberian populations have increased with the recent warming trend, this species has been able to spread across the Bering Strait into Alaska.
  • The Bluethroat was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher. It, and similar small European species, are often called chats.
  • They were discovered on June 5, 1851 by Edward Adams, a surgeon and naturalist aboard the British ship Enterprise. He was traveling overland from Norton Sound to the Koupac River in northwestern Alaska.
  • A group of thrushes are collectively known as a "hermitage" and a "mutation" of thrushes.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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