The Nightingale is a fabulous songster thats more frequently heard than seen. They are secretive birds that breed mostly south of the Severn – wash line and east from Dorset to Kent, higest density found in Essex, Suffolk,Norfolk, Kent & Sussex.
They arrive in April, sing until late May – early June then leave around July/August time. They can be heard singing during the day & night.
- A warm rufous - brown crown & upperparts, that merge with creamy underparts. They have a characteristic rust-red long rounded tail
- Paler upper and lower body with scaly markings.
- 16 - 17cms
- Brown, short & pointed
- Grey medium in length
- Heaths, woodlands, impenetrable bushes or thickets
- Skulky, flits, takes off & lands from vegetation
- Long song of liquid trills, with peeoo notes at the begining and harsh tcak & whooeet notes
Breeding & Feeding
- Well hidden close to the ground
- 4 - 5; mottled reddish
- Incubation Period
- 13 - 14 days
- 1; May - June
- UK Breeding Pairs