537 Bluethroat

The Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica), a 13-14 cm long small songbird, has grayish brown upperparts with red side patches, a distinctive black tail, and white belly. The male has bright blue bib, hence the name ‘bluethroat.’ The female has white stripe above the eye and along the cheeks; its white throat has a ‘necklace’ of dark stripes and spots. This migratory bird breeds in wet woods and bushy swamps of Europe and north Asia, but spends winter in the Indian Subcontinent and north Africa. The female builds a deep cup-like nest on wet ground and lays 4-7 eggs.