Nightingale


Nightingale

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.


Identification

Adult
A warm rufous - brown crown & upperparts, that merge with creamy underparts. They have a characteristic rust-red long rounded tail
Juvenile
Paler upper and lower body with scaly markings.
Size
16 - 17cms
Bill
Brown, short & pointed
Legs
Grey medium in length
Habitat
Heaths, woodlands, impenetrable bushes or thickets
Behaviour
Skulky, flits, takes off & lands from vegetation
Flocking
Solitary
Flight
Direct
Voice
Long song of liquid trills, with peeoo notes at the begining and harsh tcak & whooeet notes

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Well hidden close to the ground
Eggs
4 - 5; mottled reddish
Incubation Period
13 - 14 days
Broods
1; May - June
Food
Insects
UK Breeding Pairs
10,000

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