Mobile bird identification
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Adult Male and Female


Luscinia megarhynchos
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The Nightingale is a bird of dense thickets, woodland, gardens and copse as long as the vegatation is down to ground level.
Well known for it's vocal ability the Nightingale is considered to be one of the finest songsters in the UK, however it's song varies greatly and it has no set pattern of calls. However it does sometimes sing at night and just after dusk making it unusual amongst British song birds.
A scarce summer visitor to Southern Europe and South of England. British breeding population is around 7600 pair, however numbers are declining and the bird is considered amber status.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Turdidae

Genus:  Luscinia

Species: L. megarhynchos
Fantastic rare shot of Nightingale singing
Note the distinctive dark eye with light ring on this bird, a feature missing on most drawings. Also note the rufous brown tail and pink legs. The posture of the bird is typical, either tail down when singing or tail up in a Wren like pose.
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Nightingale identification
Warm brown back
Bright rufous brown tail and rump
Dark eye with pale eye ring (not shown on this drawing)
Legs are pink
Grey underside
Nightingale typical posture
Typical posture
Nightingale flying
The Nightingale is a warm brown coloured bird with a greyish underside, large dark eye and a bright brown rufous tail which is often cocked. The eye of the Nightingale has a pale ring around it and the bird is usually seen skulking around low down in thick vegetation.
Adult Nightingale
Yellow gape when singing