Bluethroat

Luscinia svecica

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)

Code 4

BLUE

Code 6

LUSSVE

ITIS

Egg Color:

Light blue or green with brown specks



Number of Eggs:

4 - 7



Incubation Days:

14



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

Hidden on the ground, Shallow hole or atop grassy tussock.



Nest Material:

Lined with finer materials., Grass, inner bark, roots, moss.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

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. Female and juvenile have white throat with dark border.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Bluethroat: Four to seven light blue or green eggs with brown specks are laid in a nest made of grass, inner bark, roots, and moss, lined with finer materials, and built atop a grassy tussock or in a shallow hole. Female incubates eggs for about 14 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Bluethroat: Eats mostly insects, small snails, earthworms, seeds, and some berries; forages on the ground or in low bushes.

Vocalization

Bluethroat: Call is "buyt-tock." Has clear bell-like "ting-ting-ting" at the beginning of its varied, melodious song, which often includes imitations of other birds.

Similar Species

Bluethroat: Siberian Rubythroat has white to buff throat, brown tail, and lacks black moustache stripe and streaky necklace.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
EyebrowX
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X