|Bluethroat Luscinia svecica
(aka Iberian Bluethroat Luscinia svecica azuricollis)
|Sierra de Gredos, Castilla y León, Spain
The Bluethroat is widely distributed in the northern hemisphere mainly in Eurasia but extending into Alaska. It breeds in the north mainly in willows and marshlands and winters in Africa just south of the Sahara, the Middle East, India and south-east Asia. See the distribution map at xeno-canto.
|A member of the chat family, it is a spectacular looking
small bird. The sub-species in Spain, often called Iberian Bluethroat L. s. azuricollis is distinct from the many other sub-species by its
entirely blue throat. There are often seen with tail cocked showing off the rusty-red sides to the tail as in photo 2.
Vocalisations can include mimicry of other birds.
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